Pastoral Training Institute

The PTI program is designed to meet the needs of candidates for pastoral ministry who are serving in, or are interested in, church vocational ministry. Typically, PTI students are non-traditional adult learners who have not had the opportunity for formal higher education. The PTI provides basic theological, biblical, and ministerial skills training to those called to serve in diverse ministry settings. The PTI is also designed for laypersons seeking to enhance their biblical knowledge and/or pastoral skills. A strength of the program is the use of mentors who companion the student throughout their program of study, evaluating ministry preparation and academic progress, reflecting on the student’s call, and providing regular prayer and guided conversation.

Winebrenner has established student learning outcomes for all programs with a focus on knowing (Gain knowledge), being (Pursue wholeness), and doing (Change lives). The following PTI program outcomes correspond with these Student Learning Outcomes:

  • PTI graduates demonstrate an essential understanding of biblical, spiritual, theological, historical, and Christian ministry disciplines in a spirit of generous evangelicalism.
  • PTI graduates demonstrate a commitment to formation that is holistic and manifested in their character as leaders.
  • PTI graduates demonstrate compassion, theological self-identity, and wisdom in their ministry praxis.

Click here for the PTI Program Manual

Findlay, OH Campus PTI Program:

  • Open to qualifying students from any denomination that are over the age of 25 and hold a high school diploma.
  • The program consists of 13 three credit courses that comprise 39 credits of classroom instruction, plus one-credit PTI 010 Foundations for Seminary Studies orientation taught via online delivery in the student's first trimester of study.
  • The Mentored Ministry courses are one credit courses that occur each trimester.  As part of these courses every student is assigned a mentor for support, guidance, accountability and dialogue on his or her ministry and personal formation.
  • Four-year rotation cycle of courses.
  • Courses are offered as 12-week classes (3 hours of instruction per week at Findlay), as one-week intensives, online, or as hybrid modules which combine a variety of instruction methods including face-to-face instruction on select weekends, online, and directed study.  
  • Classes will meet at the Winebrenner Findlay, OH campus.  

Pennsylvania PTI Program (Eastern Regional Conference and Allegheny Region Conference):

  • Open to qualifying Church of God, General Conference students over the age of 25 that presently live or serve in the Eastern Regional Conference (ERC) or Allegheny Region Conference (ARC) and hold a high school diploma.
  • The program consists of 13 three credit courses that comprise 39 credits of classroom instruction, plus one-credit PTI 010 Foundations for Seminary Studies orientation taught via online delivery in the student's first trimester of study.
  • The Mentored Ministry courses are one credit courses that occur each fall and spring semesters they are enrolled. As part of these courses every student is assigned a mentor for support, guidance, accountability and dialogue on his or her ministry and personal formation.
  • Four-year rotation cycle of courses.
  • Courses are offered as 12-week classes (3 hours of instruction per week at a regional conference location), or as hybrid modules which combine a variety of instruction methods including face-to-face instruction on select weekends, online, and directed study. Hybrid modules may take place in PA or in Findlay, OH. 

*  Classes offered in Pennsylvania will not lead to college credit and may not be applied toward a degree. Approval by the Pennsylvania Department of Education is for non-credit coursework only. The courses will only be offered at the invitation of and with support of denominational affiliate organizations.

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