The Doctor of Ministry Missional Leadership Focus seeks to form pastors to lead congregations in discerning their participation in God’s mission within specific contexts. Classes meet for two weeks in January and June for 2.5 years at Pittsburgh Seminary. This DMin program is 36 credits and is to be completed in three to four years. Applications are accepted on a continual basis. Apply now to reserve your space in the next DMin Missional Leadership cohort.



The Missional Leadership Focus includes:

  • Cohort Mentors A distinctive aspect of this DMin program is the use of cohort mentors, who will companion the cohort throughout the program and help  students maintain a global and contextual focus as they clarify corresponding research questions. Each cohort mentor will lead at least one online workshop between courses, providing integrative discussions and coaching on research.  Each professor teaching a seminar will lead the Friday morning session to help the students bring the work of that course into conversation with the program goals and their own research agendas.
  • Research Questions Students in the Doctor of Ministry program's Missional Leadership Focus are required to develop a guiding research question and learn research methodologies appropriate to that question early in the program. This research question will guide each student’s work between courses and will serve to further shape, clarify, and focus the relationship between course work and each student’s ministry context.

Courses May Include

  • Theology of Missional Congregations
  • Research Methodology
  • Pastor as Adaptive Change Leader
  • Rethinking Church: Ecclesiology
  • Practicing Communal Discernment
  • Plunging into the Neighborhood
  • Proclamation and Ritual
  • Leadership in the Midst of Conflict and Change

Welcome to Doing it Different, a limited podcast partnership with Porshanality Media and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. This podcast explores the Seminary's cutting-edge Doctor of Ministry degree and its various focus areas. Together we will explore conversations with faculty, staff, and students alike. Cheers to Doing It Different. 

Episode 5 offers a wonderful overview of several Pittsburgh Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry focus areas as it highlights faithfulness and adaptability as vital to the work of ministry in this moment and as central to the discussion and learning in the Doctor of Ministry program. Porsha Williams Gates of Porshanality Media facilitates this discussion with the Rev. Ayana Teter, Dr. Edwin van Driel, and Dr. Roger Owens of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Listen to Episode 5.

Missional leadership, the gospel notion of mission and its distortion, the importance of place, relationship and neighborliness, and the gifts and challenges that the pandemic has offered the church are the focus of  this podcast. Porsha explores the Missional  Leadership Focus in the Doctor of Ministry Program with DMin student the Rev. Laura Strauss '09 and Dr. Scott Hagley.