Master of Pastoral Ministry: Church Management Concentration
The Church Management concentration is especially helpful for present or future parish
business administrators and diocesan business managers who desire a greater foundation
in theology and ministerial practice, as well as for priests, deacons and pastoral
associates who wish to strengthen their administrative and leadership skills.
Through field education and electives, this concentration provides ministers with
theological, pastoral, financial, and managerial skills crucial for the efficient
operation of churches and schools.
Church Management Curriculum:
In addition to the core courses, students are required to complete six credit hours of electives in approved business or ministry courses as well as the following courses as part
of the Master of Pastoral Ministry with Church Management Concentration.
RPS 6330. This course explores the contemporary phenomenon of ministry in the Catholic Church
from the angles of theology and pastoral practice. Theological exploration focuses
on biblical visions of ministry, the history of ministry in the church, and its doctrinal
underpinnings and implications, especially in ecclesiology. Pastoral consideration
reflects on attitudes, knowledge, and skills necessary for effective pastoral ministry
in today's church. Integrating these perspectives, the course includes discussion
of issues related to the contemporary ministerial scene and critical ecclesial documents
on ministry formation.
Pastoral Ministry Internship
RPS 7362. This supervised placement in ministry provides a structured experience of field education.
Working with a supervisor you will have a hands-on experience in ministry while developing
yourself, your goals, and your understanding of this ministry field. Students may
register for the course more than once.
RPS 7392. Students take this course in their final semester. It provides an opportunity for
them to integrate previous coursework and reading with the knowledge and skills required
to address particular pastoral tasks effectively. The student will work seasoned ministerial
practitioners who will provide onsite supervision. Capstone projects require the completion
of a detailed application and written approval by School of Ministry faculty supervisors
several months prior to registration.