Beginning in fall 2011, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary will offer the Master of Divinity degree with a Church Planting Emphasis. Through this emphasis Pittsburgh Seminary will prepare students to meet the needs of today’s changing church. While theological education once focused on preparing students to lead established churches, graduates now face a world that also needs entrepreneurial, mission-minded pastors who can take the Gospel to the people in various settings.

The Master of Divinity with Church Planting Emphasis is a four year program which includes a one-year internship after the second year of studies, working with someone who is planting a church. The basic M.Div curriculum of Pittsburgh Seminary is followed with the these additions: a course in church planting; electives in evangelism, gospel and culture, and church leadership and ministry; a one-year supervised internship in church planting; and an overseas trip in which the student interacts with church planting in another region of the world.

“From my experience, a church planter needs three key things: a dirt load of tenacity, the ability to build holistic Christian community, and a ‘great cloud of witnesses’ that support, protect and guide,” said the Rev. Jim Walker ’03, pastor of Hot Metal Bridge Faith Community, a church plant of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and The United Methodist Church. “This program is designed to strengthen your resolve, provide community building skills, and act as a threshold into that great cloud. For the leader who is ready to answer the call to church planting, I highly recommend this program.”

To learn more about this emphasis, contact the Office of Admissions at 1-800-451-4194 or e-mail

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is a graduate professional institution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A). Founded in 1794, the Seminary is located in Pittsburgh, Pa. and approximately 320 students are enrolled yearly in the degree programs. The Seminary prepares leaders who proclaim with great joy God’s message of good news in both word and deed. PTS is rooted in the Reformed history of faithfulness to Scripture and commitment to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.