Accepting Applications for February 2021


“You are made by the struggles you choose.” - CT Vivian

The world and the church will never be the same. What an exhilarating time to be a follower of Jesus Christ! Religiosity, white supremacy, and institutionalism leave us unprepared and struggling amid the challenges. Yet, God is at work within this disruption and deconstruction.

Disruptive pedagogy builds our capacity to boldly and courageously reimagine and join God’s new creation of church and world.


In partnership with The Ministry Collaborative, in the cohort forming in February 2021:

  • whiteness will be decentralized;
  • capacity for risk will be nurtured;
  • assumed systems will be challenged;
  • paradigms will shift;
  • wisdom from the margins will be prized;
  • care of self and community will ground us; and
  • creative disillusionment will inspire us.

This is more than a degree program. Together, this cohort will form fugitive space, welcoming radical re-imagination of church and world.

The purpose of the Risking Faithfully Focus in the Doctor of Ministry Program is to provide individuals engaged in ministry an opportunity to explore challenges and questions that they face in their contexts and to bring those questions into conversation with colleagues, professors, scholarly resources, and new questions and paradigms.

Offered in partnership with The Ministry Collaborative, this cohort will seek to form a deep learning community. In addition to the hybrid class format, a facilitator will lead students in group formation, spiritual practice, and honest conversation about the operations of whiteness and the false scripts and paradigms that result.

This Risking Faithfully cohort brings together perspectives from those who are working directly with pastoral leaders through mentorship, coaching, and programming, and those of us who work in contexts of formal theological education. This partnership has allowed us to create a program that focuses on adaptability, capacities for ministry, and decentering whiteness in unique and exciting ways. - The Rev. Dr. Leanna Fuller, Associate Professor of Pastoral Care, PTS, and Risking Faithfully Faculty Mentor


The Doctor of Ministry is a professional doctoral degree providing space for renewal, growth, companionship among peers, and rich dialogue with faculty. The D.Min. allows you to step out of your ministry context to sift through new information and ideas while at the same time stepping back into your ministry context to discover how and why that learning matters. At the end of your course work, you will design and implement a project that engages your ministry context in conversation with your work in the classroom.


Each course will:

  • Engage students in biblical and theological reflection.
  • Challenge students to be attentive to the material and embodied life of faith.
  • Attend to how the subject matter of the course is shaped by culture and context and takes diverse expressions.
  • Expect students to engage their theological imaginations to better understand ministry in their specific settings and risk imagining new possibilities in their ministries.
  • Provide opportunity for students to relate the subject matter of the course to their own ministry contexts.

During the program, students will take the following courses:

  • Rock Not Sand: Deconstructing the False Narratives that Bind Us While Welcoming Creative Disillusionment
  • Asking Questions Well: Method as a Means of Research, Imagination, and Vision
  • Apocalypse Now: Implosion as Gift
  • Death and Resurrection as Core Practices of the Church
  • Not Your White Jesus: De-centering Whiteness and Nurturing an Anti-racist Community as Christian Formation
  • Workshop Week: Innovation and Risk in Worship and Preaching
  • Humble Pie: Getting Real About Gifts and Systems
  • Wholehearted, Agile Leadership: What Does a Nimble, Accountable, Resilient Community Look and Feel Like?
  • Going Deep: Building Spiritual and Emotional Capacity in Self and Community, Parts I & II


Adaptability is a piece of the living curriculum in this focus. Classes in the Risking Faithfully: Disruption as Revelation and Resurrection Focus will meet both online and in person in response to the changing realities around us. In-person classes will held be in Pittsburgh, at the seaside in South Carolina, and possibly in another major city. This program is 36 credits and is typically completed in three to four years.  Apply now to reserve your space in the next group. Financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify.