Click on the links provided to review the calendars for each of the Doctor of Ministry Focuses listed above. Each program is tailored to specific themes and all share a common core of addressing ministry, pastoral leadership, and the present challenges of ministry.
PARISH FOCUS/PITTSBURGH begins July 16, 2012 in Pittsburgh. A cohort group of nine will begin a two-year cycle of two weeks in the summer and in January. If you find that this peaks your interest, stirs your desire to connect in new ways with colleagues and freshen your sense of call, there are a few slots left.
PARISH FOCUS/CHARLESTON will begin in January 2013, taking place in Charleston, South Carolina. At the invitation of a number of pastors, the program has been shaped to be a collaborative model of what pastors are searching for in an advanced degree. Faculty from the seminary will come to Charleston for this purpose with one seminar taking place in Pittsburgh and one seminar as an online opportunity. As we peer into the future and in many ways trust in ways we thought not possible—there remains a present reality that pastors and ministry is vital and necessary. God continues to call women and men to this unique vocation—what, how and when and why questions—will guide the shared work of both student and faculty. Come join in!
EASTERN CHRISTIAN FOCUS/PITTSBURGH begins in May 2013. The DMin program has a long-standing collaborative partnership with the Antiochian House of Studies. Seminars take place both at the seminary and at the Village near Ligonier, PA. Coming from all over the nation and internationally, this focus welcomes those within the Orthodox traditions.
SCIENCE AND THEOLOGY FOCUS draws on professors who have a depth of knowledge about theology and ministry. Some are scientists, some serve in other capacities-and all have ably demonstrated their ability to bridge the two disciplines of faith and science; the narratives of science and theology which intertwine and weave a most interesting pattern. There is a great deal of confusion about science and faith I believe leaving most people in a reactive mode, and unable to consciously decipher what they think in relation to what they practice. The goal of the science focus is one of providing space for pastors to consider these issues directly, to be in conversation with one another and with scholars and then to return to their contexts of ministry able to provide leadership on these issues and to reclaim the conversation that has become so fraught with hyperbole and tension. Applicants are welcome.