Pittsburgh Theological Seminary will host “The Resurrection of Ministry: Pastoral Ministry in the Joy and Hope of the Easter Lord,” Thurs., March 12 from 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. The Rev. Dr. Andrew Purves, professor Reformed theology at PTS, will lead the lecture.The first half of this class will focus on the life of the resurrected Jesus and the ministry that flows from him. The second half of the day will involve reflection on Christian life and ministry in union with Jesus, living, reigning, and acting.

Continuing education units are available. Program cost is $50. To register, contact the Office of Continuing Education at 412-924-1345 or ConEd@testsite.pts.edu.

A native of Edinburgh, Scotland, Purves received degrees in philosophy and divinity from the University of Edinburgh, and a Th.M. degree from Duke Divinity School. Purves completed his doctorate at the University of Edinburgh. Licensed by the Church of Scotland, Purves came to the U.S. in 1978. He was ordained by the Presbytery of Philadelphia in 1979. Recent publications include The Crucifixion of Ministry: Surrendering Our Ambitions to the Service of Christ (InterVarsity Press, 2007), Reconstructing Pastoral Theology: A Christological Foundation (WJK 2004), A Passion for the Gospel: Confessing Jesus Christ for the 21st Century (with Mark Achtemeier, Geneva 2000), Encountering God: Christian Faith in Turbulent Times (with Charles Partee, WJK 2000), Union in Christ: A Declaration for the Church (with Mark Achtemeier, Witherspoon 1999), The Search for Compassion: Spirituality and Ministry (WJK 1989), “The Trinitarian Basis of a Christian Practical Theology” in The International Journal of Practical Theology and The Crucifixion of Ministry: Surrendering Our Ambitions to the Service of Christ (InterVarsity Press, 2007).

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 380 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.