"Coming from a non-profit administration position, I was impressed with how much additional and parish-specific information the program provided. I also would note that the class presented materials at a variety of levels, so everyone, from those brand new to business administration to those who had been in a parish position for some time, was able to significantly benefit."
—Michael S., Former Student
As the Church’s ministry grows in scope, reach, and complexity, each parish faces the challenge of administering its resources effectively and fairly, while at the same time achieving compliance with both civil and canon law. Increasingly, parishes look to lay professionals trained in administration to ensure that pastoral ministry can take place in such a way that both enhances and safeguards the mission of the church. These parish business managers provide leadership and day-to-day supervision of the financial and temporal affairs of the parish in such a way as to enable the pastor to concentrate as much as possible on the spiritual affairs of the parish.
The Parish Business Administration professional certificate program offers specialized training for those engaged or aspiring to engage in this pastoral service. It is designed to provide students with practical knowledge and foundational theories of parish administration, organizational awareness, legal and ethical considerations. (Arch)diocesan policies are given careful exploration throughout the course, and every effort is made to assist students not from the (arch)diocese in which the course is taught to become familiar with the policies of their own diocese.
Who Should Participate
This program is open to those already employed in parish administration, those seeking a career in parish administration, or those who are looking to expand their knowledge so as to better serve as a volunteer, council member or other leadership role in a parish or similar setting.
This program properly prepares students to fulfill the role of Parish Business Administrator. Diocesan policies are given careful exploration throughout the program and guest speakers will come from (arch)diocesan offices and other institutions to facilitate these discussions.
Students will be exposed to the role of the Parish Business Manager, employee benefits and Benefits Administration, collaborative ministry and building consensus, the role of Finance Councils and Pastoral Councils, budget preparation and management, issues in Human Resource Management, compensation theory and salary surveys, pastoral planning, plant maintenance, building projects, fundraising and development, technology, lay ministry and multicultural experience in the Church, Ecclesiology and Canon Law.
Those who successfully complete the program will be able to understand and value:
- The functions of parish business administration, as well as the relationships of business administration to the various ministerial functions and constituencies of a parish
- The role of parish business administration in protecting the church from liabilities in a number of areas, including finances, personnel, contracts, real estate, public relations, internet communications, and others
- The role of (arch)diocesan offices in the administration of the archdiocese and its parishes
- The parish business administration as a ministry of service
Credit from this program may be applicable to some level of professional certification at the discretion of the certifying diocese. Please be sure to check with the appropriate diocesan office to confirm that this program qualifies.
Course and program requirements, schedules and tuition are subject to change; and additional fees may be incurred for books and materials. Click here to review all policies prior to enrollment. For additional information, contact the Center for Religion and Spirituality at (310) 338-2799 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact the program facilitators directly (listed below under 'Faculty').
Registration + Fees
Begins: September 9, 2017 | REGISTER
Course: PADX 900
Classes meet twice a month on Saturdays during the Fall and Spring semesters, including a special class meeting on interreligious dialogue* on Sunday, November 12. Please note that the first class will meet in at the Archdiocesan Catholic Center, Mezzanine Room, 3424 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010. All other class meetings are listed below:
- September 9, 2017 (class meets at ACC Mezzanine Room on Wilshire Blvd.)
- September 23 (class meets at LMU University Hall 1775)
- October 7
- October 21
- November 4
- *(Sunday) November 12 (meets only 2-5p)
- November 18
- December 2
- December 16
- January 13, 2018
- January 27
- February 10
- February 24
- March 10
- March 24
- April 14
- April 28
Archdiocesan Catholic Center (first class meeting)
3424 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90010
LMU Westchester Campus
1 LMU Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90045
- Course Requirements
Parish Business Administration
12.0 Semester Hours
Increasingly, parishes look to lay professionals trained in administration to ensure that pastoral ministry can take place in such a way that both enhances and safeguards the missions of the church. This course will examine the practical and foundational theories of parish administration, including financial management, human resources, development, civic and canon law, ecclesiology and pastoral ministry. This course will also emphasize organizational awareness, legal and ethical considerations. Special attention will be given to the administration policies and practices of the local Diocese for case study purposes.