In a city of neighborhoods, we have embraced the synergy of the city and the gospel in which the term neighbor plays a central role. Enacting a theology of neighbor repositions the Seminary to convene conversations and collaborations between congregations, organizations, and citizens; to provide education and formation for discipleship, leadership, and citizenship; and to advocate for truth, justice, and hope in church and society.
Through both certificate programs and non-degree educational offerings, the PTS Neighborhood Collaborative translates cutting edge scholarship and communicates best practices to wider audiences. Together, in their respective and collective work, the programs of the Neighborhood Collaborative connect the learned theology of the academy with the lived theology of church and society to form present and future Christian leaders in service to their contexts.
The Neighborhood Collaborative forms and equips students for ministry alongside and outside of the degree programs. We do this by joining in the work of formation through apprenticeship, cohorts, experiences, classes, and conferences that engage all those called to ministry and justice. A primary way of doing this is by working with neighbors local and global to partner in the work that God is already up to in the world.
Center for Adaptive and Innovative Ministry: Forms and supports Christian leaders in creating new Christian communities
Continuing Education: Provides the theologically interested public with opportunities to explore faith and vocation through free lectures, special events, and professional development, plus a non-credit certificate in spiritual formation
Kelso Museum of Near Eastern Archeology: Offers free tours and open hours to view displays from the more than 7,000-artifact collection, as well as several lectures by world experts annually
Metro-Urban Institute: Combines the theory and practice of collaborative community ministry into a program of urban theological education
Miller Summer Youth Institute: Resources churches in youth ministry and asks participants what God is calling them to do and who God is calling them to be
World Mission Initiative: Equips leaders to engage faithfully and effectively in God’s intercultural mission