This church planting certificate program is designed for practitioners who are actively engaged in (or contemplating the launch of) a new worshiping community or serving a church undergoing transformation. The program forms and equips non-ordained leaders as well as ordained pastors who sense a calling to revitalizing community anchor churches or planting contextually-based church communities.
Because the work we are called to as the church is widely varied, this program is designed for leaders with a variety of educational backgrounds: Applicants with bachelor’s degrees will find the certificate provides specialized theological education and formation in an accessible format that will enrich their ministries and serve as an entry-point to a master’s degree program should they seek it. Pastors who already have master’s degrees in divinity, theology, or others will find that the certificate offers a distinctly integrative and missional approach to continued formation.
Through five hybrid courses, concurrent field work, a coaching relationship, and an integrative capstone project, students must complete 18 term hours of accredited, graduate level coursework for this certificate. The church planting certificate program begins in June and on-campus intensives take place quarterly for 15 months, including completion and presentation of the students’ capstone projects.
Students who successfully complete the Church Planting and Revitalization Certificate will be granted 12 semester hours of credits (equivalent to 18 term hours) that can be applied to the Master of Divinity, Master of Pastoral Studies, or Master of Theological Studies degrees. This advanced standing will count toward the required CS 110 Contextual Analysis and MI 210 Missional Leadership courses and two additional elective credits in the master’s program.
For non-degree students, the admissions process for this graduate certificate follows normal admissions procedures, with the applicant’s personal statement taking the form of a brief essay describing the applicant’s current ministry context and articulating the applicant’s sense of call to participate in church revitalization or the formation of new Christian communities. We’re currently accepting applications for the 2020-2021 cohort. Priority admission is Jan. 10, 2020, and final admission is March 27, 2020.
Listening and Leading: Spiritual Formation for Missional Discernment
June 3-6, 2020, Pittsburgh
Mission Shaped Church
Sept. 23-26, 2020, Pittsburgh
Cultivating Christian Community
Jan. 20-23, 2021, San Francisco
April 14-17, 2021, TBD
Capstone Project and Coaching
Sept. 21-23, 2021, Pittsburgh