“We live and minister in an ecumenical world.
What better training for ministry in today's world than to learn
to deal with and to celebrate difference in an ecumenical community—
which is what PTS provides.” PTS student
The church does not exist for itself. Rather, the church exists for the sake of continuing God’s mission to the world as understood through the person and ministry of Jesus.
One of the very deepest values of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is a commitment to the unity of the church for the sake of the churches’ mission in the world. You will see this commitment demonstrated in two specific ways at PTS.
First, we offer an ecumenical theological education. Yes, you will have ample opportunity to explore your own denomination’s heritage. But you will do so in a context of mutual exploration, critique, and support in which there is no majority denomination. Familiar practices and habits of mind are challenged. Listening to others and extending hospitality to those with whom you differ are essential for participants in our classes. And, as one alumna stated it so well: “I came to Phillips [fill in your denomination] by birth and I left Phillips [fill in your denomination] by choice.”
“PTS is a place that educates ministers to speak truth to changing circumstances.
This education is a life-giving gift to the church.”
Second, the root of the word “ecumenical” refers to the world. A PTS education prepares students to lead faith communities in their work in the world, especially the work of justice and compassion as measured by Jesus and the Hebrew prophets.