The M.Div. with Emphasis in Forming New Faith Communities at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary provides theological training in both tactical and transformational skills. The Emphasis is designed to be collaborative and transformative, practice oriented, and marked by real time ministry action and reflection in community.
Through coursework and contextual practice, students will implement ideas and reflect on their leadership in community.
Internships with local planters in a variety of traditions and environments provide laboratories to observe, experiment, and convene new expressions of faithful Christian community. Funded internships to launch new communities invite creativity and offer just-in-time training, so that best practices are not just learned but utilized. The student cohort offers a holistic and reflective learning community and provides regular rhythms for the spiritual formation of participants. Through all these components, students cultivate their ability to listen and respond to the Holy Spirit’s direction as they prepare to gather in new communities.
Students who complete the M.Div. Emphasis will:
Through coursework and contextual practice, students sharpen theological, local, and scriptural awareness, while learning how to receive and proclaim the good news of God in Christ in context. The M.Div. with Emphasis in Forming New Faith Communities can be taken either part or full time, with day and evening classes available.