Pittsburgh Theological Seminary’s Continuing Education department will offer three online courses this winter. They include “Teaching and Preaching the Letters of Paul”, “Beyond Bullet Points: Preaching with Images”, and “Church Administration”. Each course runs Jan. 11-March 5.

Jenee Woodard, biblical studies teacher for the Seminary’s Commission Lay Pastor Training program, will lead the course on Paul’s letters. Participants will explore what Paul has to say in his letters to congregations; what it means to them and to us; how to preach Paul and the Pauline epistles in a way that is lively and helpful to people in the pews today. This course is offered primarily as continuing education for CLP pastors, but it is open to ministers and other church leaders as well.

Erin Cox-Holmes, associate general presbyter in the Presbytery of Kiskiminetas; and Edward Goode, pastor of The Presbyterian Church of Wyoming, Cincinnati, Ohio, will co-teach “Beyond Bullet Points: Preaching with Images.” This course will cover the visual culture in which we live and how that affects preaching. It will address the technical basics that anyone with a computer can do in order to use images with sermons. The group will start with the “Why?’ and move on to the beginnings of “How?” In the third online class, “Church Administration:, Wayne Yost, general presbyter of the Presbytery of Kiskiminetas, will focus on the biblical and theological foundations for church administration. The group will look at the mission, ministry, and maintenance of the church, and think about their leadership style. Participants will examine stewardship, budgeting and program development, and implementation. The course is intended to be interactive with participants regularly engaged in online discussions.

To learn more about any of these online programs, contact the Office of Continuing Education at 412-924-1345 or ConEd@testsite.pts.edu.

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is a graduate professional institution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A). Founded in 1794, the Seminary is located in Pittsburgh, Pa. and approximately 320 students are enrolled yearly in the degree programs. The Seminary prepares leaders who proclaim with great joy God’s message of good news in both word and deed. PTS is rooted in the Reformed history of faithfulness to Scripture and commitment to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.