|Church Planting||Articles covering an array of topics related to church planting, including post-Christendom and bi-vocational ministry, sustaining a church plant through partnerships, and discerning your call to church planting among others.||Blog||Access Blog Articles|
|Coronavirus/COVID-19/Pastoring During a Pandemic||Pastoring during a pandemic can be overwhelming. Here you'll find a number of resources written by members of the PTS community--faculty, program directors, alums, and students. Please use them to calm your heart, lead worship, in personal devotion, or however else they may be useful. We'll update this page as new materials are created.||Blogs, Articles, Videos||Access Resource|
|Counseling||Articles covering an array of topics related to counseling, including social services, families, and pastoral burn-out among others.||Blog||Access Blog Articles|
|Ministry||Articles covering an array of topics related to ministry, including how the church responds to violence, communion, welcoming the little ones among others.||Blog||Access Blog Articles|
|Race and Faith||Offering a variety of materials helpful to individuals, church communities, and neighborhoods as a means of promoting knowledge, understanding, compassion, and peace among all God’s people.||Blogs, Book Reading Guides, Videos, and More||Access Race and Faith Kit|
|Spirituality||Articles covering an array of topics related to spirituality, including fasting, prayer, and coloring as a spiritual practice among others.||Blog||Access Blog Articles|
|Sermon Writing Tips||Articles covering an array of topics related to sermon writing tips, including keeping your sermons consistently good, preaching from the left side of the Bible, and incorporating current events among others.||Blog||Access Blog Articles|
|Social Work||Articles covering an array of topics related to social work, including theological values of social work, reconciliation through social work and theology, and spiritually integrated treatments, and among others.||Blog||Access Blog Articles|
|Theological Reflections||Articles covering an array of theological reflections on topics, including movie reviews, Reinhold Niebuhr, and trending topics among others.||Blog||Access Blog Articles|
|Preventing Gun Violence||The Presenting Gun Violence Resource Kit encourages you to lift your voice, your influence, and your power to speak out against violence and trauma in our communities. This kit includes aids for developing sermons and liturgy as well as other valuable materials to be able to begin this movement.||Download the PDF|
|Planning and Organizing a Successful Vacation Bible School||In this recorded webinar Lisa Brown, author of The Best VBS Workbook Ever!, shares her insight about planning and organizing a successful Vacation Bible School.||Video||Access the Video|
|Video Discussion Guide / How to Draw Circles: The Christian Art of Building Life Together||
Willie J. Jennings presented “How to Draw Circles: The Christian Art of Building Life Together,” in which he explored a spirituality of collaboration and pressed forward to illumine the logic of relationality for Christians. For Christians the goal of alliance building opens toward a profound desire for life together to be registered geographically and materially. We are people of community always moving toward communion. Yet the problem for us is that we often lack the courage and creativity to angle social, cultural, political, and economic life toward communion. Jennings proposes a vision of encircled life that might reshape how we imagine our work of living in places and spaces.
|Video and Discussion Guide||Access the Video and Guide|
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About Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
Rooted in the Reformed tradition, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is committed to the formation of women and men for theologically reflective ministry and to scholarship in service to the global Church of Jesus Christ.
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- Graduate Certificate in Adaptive and Innovative Ministry
- Graduate Certificate in Ministry
- Graduate Certificate in Missional Leadership
- Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies
- Graduate Certificate in Urban Ministry
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- Center for Adaptive and Innovative Ministry
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- Miller Summer Youth Institute
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- World Mission Initiative
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