Graduate Certificate Programs
Graduate Certificate in Church Planting and Revitalization
The Graduate Certificate in Church Planting and Revitalization forms pioneer leaders attentive to God and God’s world. Participants will learn to listen to the Holy Spirit and their communities, will practice leading teams in discerning God’s activity, and will engage regular rhythms of spiritual practice to renew their own souls and enable deeper discernment in their own life and calling. Accompanied by a cohort learning community and mentored by experienced missional leaders, students in the Graduate Certificate in Church Planting and Revitalization program learn from both academics and practitioners. Our hybrid online and intensive classes allow leaders to set apart time to grow in missional and intellectual formation while staying rooted in their context.
Graduate Certificate in Urban Ministry
The Graduate Certificate in Urban Ministry is a flexible year-long program allowing community members and seminarians to explore their Christian vocation in urban settings. This program allows students from all denominations to think about how to apply their faith to where they work, live, and play.
Courses are offered during the day and evening. Pittsburgh Seminary alums who have completed certain courses within the last 10 years may qualify for advance standing. This program is offered through the Seminary's Metro-Urban Institute and can be completed as a stand-alone certificate program or combined with the Master of Divinity, Master of Arts, or Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry degree.
Non-Degree Certificate Program
One of the most significant programs the Office of Continuing Education offers is the Spiritual Formation Certificate (SFC) Program. Started nearly 25 years ago, this cooperative program with Columbia Theological Seminary (Decatur, Ga.) offers lay persons and pastors the opportunity to enter more deeply into the life of the Spirit.
Completion of this challenging program involves participation in an Immersion Experience, six elective courses, a practicum, and a pilgrimage. The Immersion Experience offers the possibility of in-depth study, prayer, and reflection with a group of like-minded journeyers over a full 2.5 day (24/7) period. Electives are offered as short intensive classes over three full (24/7) days.