"The Reformed theological tradition is known for its relentless attention to God’s gracious action in the world. But what are the practical implications of that emphasis when it comes to the complexities of ministry in a post-Christian context? Join Reformed theology ‘nerds’ from the United States and Scotland for deep reflection and lively discussion as we consider God’s call to the church at such a time as this."

- The Rev. Dr. Angela Hancock, Howard C. Scharfe Associate Professor of Homiletics, PTS

Join the next Reformed Theology Cohort

The next cohort is anticipated to begin in June 2025.

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and the University of Edinburgh, New College in Scotland, offer a collaborative agreement which accounts for:

  • theological reflection
  • practices and habits of ministry
  • shifting challenges in a global context
  • patterns of leadership

When and where do courses meet?

Faculty from both Pittsburgh Seminary and New College, University of Edinburgh teach the classes, which are held at PTS in Pittsburgh, Pa., and New College, University of Edinburgh, in Edinburgh, Scotland, during two-week blocks of time in January and June. 

Doctor of Ministry Reformed Cohort
Faculty Mentor Dr. Angela Hancock discusses the Seminary's Doctor of Ministry Reformed focus.

Academics and clergy from either side of the Atlantic are able to work together over a three-year period in new and innovative ways, combining residential study and distance learning. Drawing upon the strengths of two long-established institutions, the D.Min. will develop synergies in teaching, learning, and reflective practice. It promises to enrich ministry and church life in both Scotland and the USA.

David Fergusson, Professor of Divinity, New College, University of Edinburgh


This Doctor of Ministry focus explores the dynamics of ministry in the cultural contexts of Scotland and the United States, considering how Reformed Theology can be a rich resource in kindling the energy, intelligence, imagination, and love with which ministers promise to serve their people. Churches in both countries rightly raise questions about what faithful ministry looks like in a post-Christian context, how to practice hospitality in ecumenical and interfaith encounters, and what it means to witness to Jesus Christ in a volatile political climate. 

The goal of the program is to develop the ability of pastoral leaders in various forms of ministry to formulate theologically framed decisions understood as not only participating in “the great ends of the Church,” as these ends have been understood in the Reformed tradition even in the midst of concern about the church’s connection among and within communities, neighborhoods, cities, towns, and villages. To accomplish this purpose, core seminars develop the student’s awareness and understanding of Reformed contributions in the areas of biblical studies, theology, ethics, and worship. 


Connect with the Doctor of Ministry Office to learn more about our next Reformed cohort. We'd love to have you join us! Apply now to reserve your space in a future focus. Financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify.

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