Call to Ministry through Global Missions
When I was looking at seminaries I was intrigued by Pittsburgh Theological Seminary’s affiliated program, World Mission Initiative. I grew up in a family that was very committed to participating in God’s mission by traveling each summer around the United States with our fellow church congregants on week-long mission trips. During college I participated in international mission trips and found that world travel, building relationships with brothers and sisters from other countries and cultures, and building community with my traveling companions was part of my call as a church leader.
While considering PTS, I was delighted to see that World Mission Initiative evokes this call in all those who participate in their mission trips, their mission discernment programs, and mission conferences. When I began my studies at PTS I also was hired as a student staff member for World Mission Initiative as my work support position. It has been a blessing to participate in projects, presentations, and the planning for WMI trips over the past three years.
This year WMI is hosting their biennial mission conference at PTS. Through my position as student worker, I am helping to coordinate the logistics for the conference. PTS students, faculty, and staff, local and regional pastors, ordained lay people, and community members are all preparing to gather together at the Seminary March 23-24, 2012 to learn more about what it means to be “The Revelant Church in a Changing World”. The conference will look at the ways that the church today can do mission and ministry well in their American context and globally.
Working for WMI has been so rewarding during the past three years. I am thankful for World Mission Initiative and for the Seminary’s commitment to nurture a program like WMI for its students.
Katie – Senior, M.Div.