Graduate Certificate in Church Planting and Revitalization

June 3, 2020 - December 31, 2025
The total cost of the CPR certificate program is $5,472, including tuition and fees. Aware of the economic realities of many church planting settings, and to further Pittsburgh Seminary’s mission to equip leaders in this particular area of study, accepted applicants for the 2019-2020 cohort will be evaluated for tuition discounts. Based on criteria including vocational clarity, capacity for theological analysis, and prior experience, offers for admission may include the award of a tuition discount ($4,472 off the total cost of $5,472, for a net cost of $1,000) or a partial discount ($2,236 off the total cost of $5,472, for a net cost of $3,236). If you are interested in being evaluated for the discount, please note that in your application materials.
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Pittsburgh PA15206

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.

Application Instructions

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.

Learn more information on how to apply online.

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

Missional Leadership

April 14-17, 2021, TBD

Capstone Project and Coaching

Sept. 21-23, 2021, Pittsburgh

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