continuing education for church leaders

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary wants to join you in discovering what new thing God is doing in the world and discerning how best to be a part of it! Discernment is the work of a lifetime. And the Spirit hasn’t stopped moving—through communities gathered and gathering, through ministries that are as ancient as the sacred texts and as new as tomorrow’s headline.

Come. Gather with a community that wants to learn, question, reflect, serve, pray, and celebrate, practices that are sure to stir your imagination and shape your life.

Whether you seek to enliven a well-seasoned ministry or be equipped for something new, we have something for you. Join us! We hope to see you soon.

Dr. Helen Blier


For general and program questions, call 412-924-1345 or e-mail .


Helen is a graduate of Emory University (Ph.D.) and Boston College (M.Ed. and A.B., theology). She joined the Seminary staff in September 2013. She was the former director of student information and organizational evaluation at the Association for Theological Schools (ATS). There she oversaw the administration and use of data-gathering instruments used by the member seminaries as well as consulted with schools to construct assessment protocols for institutional, student learning, and degree program outcomes. She also regularly presented at ATS and Lilly Endowment Inc. events on student data trends and assessment. Blier likewise has conducted research at Auburn Seminary’s Center for the Study of Theological Education and Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion.

In addition to her work with ATS, Blier has taught at Boston College in the Institute of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry, Duquesne University, and Candler School of Theology. She has also served as an academic counselor at Emory College. As a research consultant, Blier worked with the directors of summer programs for high school youth at Candler School of Theology, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, and Duke University Divinity School to design and implement qualitative research protocols to investigate issues of youth faith development and vocational discernment. Her publications and presentations have generally focused on theological education and youth ministry. Blier is a member of the Religious Education Association, American Academy of Religion, and International Association for the Study of Youth Ministry.

To contact Helen, e-mail or call 412-924-1346.