Planning for Effective Ministry
Practices of Ministry
Join us for the next Certificate in Ministry Studies course to network with others working in youth ministry and faith formation, and learn the latest techniques and strategies needed for successful ministry. This course specifically addresses:
Developing a foundational understandings that will assist leaders in
setting and implementing a vision for dynamic ministry and catechesis.
Growing skills for advocacy, planning and organizing ministry efforts.
Methods for collaborative leadership among ministries and within ministry teams.
Director of the Center for Ministry
March 14, 2020
Location (please note change of location):
Immaculate Conception Parish
801 Taylor Ave.
Scranton, PA 18510
$35 Individual enrolled in the full two-year certificate process
(Cost for course materials)
$85 Guest Participant– taking a single course, or coming from another Diocese
This program has been provided to over 10,000 adults in more than 75 diocesan and university sites since 1979.
This program will promote dynamic leadership for Lifelong Faith Formation and Youth Ministry in parishes. Leaders will specialize in lifelong faith formation or youth ministry and will participate in a series of eight courses that will lead to the granting of a certificate. Participants who complete all requirements will receive one of these two certificates of
Certificate in Lifelong Faith Formation OR
Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies
Integrated and Practical Ministry Education…
presenting the knowledge, skills, practical tools and techniques needed for creative and
comprehensive ministry in parish and Catholic school settings
incorporating theology, developmental insights and
practical ministry implementation
More information about this course…
Practices of Ministry is a part of an eight course curriculum that can lead to a Certificate in Ministry through the Center for Ministry Development. Each course, however, stands alone and can be taken for continuing education or formation without pursuing the Certificate. The eight course are:
|Year One||Year Two|
|Principles of Lifelong Faith Formation OR||Planning Lifelong Faith Formation OR|
|Principles of Youth Ministry||Pastoral Care|
|Practices of Ministry||Justice and Service|
|Foundations for Ministry Leadership||Evangelization and Catechesis|
|Skills for Christian Leadership||Prayer and Worship|
Practices of Ministry
Practices of Ministry explores the development of comprehensive youth ministry through the collaborative sharing of the resources in the community. Rooted in a theological and pastoral vision of community life, this course develops foundational understandings that will assist leaders in setting and implementing a vision for dynamic ministry with youth. This will include skills for advocacy, planning and organizing youth ministry efforts. Methods for collaborative leadership among ministries and within ministry teams will also be developed.
Becoming Faithful Curators:
Evaluating Resources for Serving a 21st Century Church
Saturday, April 18, 2020; 9:00 AM– 3:00 PM
St. Gregory Parish, Clarks Green
Parish leaders have the significant responsibility of curating the knowledge and practices of the Catholic Christian religion they provide their parishioners. Recall Jesus’ graphic message (Mt 18:6; Lk 17:2) about those who lead the little ones astray suffering a fate worse than drowning with a mill-stone tied about their necks? Jesus is so emphatic because at stake is people’s ability to have a healthy relationship with God and to live the gospel authentically. This responsibility has perhaps been made even more challenging by the sometimes overwhelming availability of information today, even in the area of faith. How can we acquire religious “information literacy?”
Faithful curation involves discerning:
a) relevance to the times and to the audience,
b) opportunities for access,
c) faithfulness to the gospel and to the Church and
d) loads of humility.
We will discuss useful yardsticks for measuring the appropriateness of information and practice applying them to typical choices parish leaders make, like deciding on programs and publications, Scriptural interpretations, news sources and prayer experiences.
Bernadette Rudolph, MA, MS, has worn many different hats in her lifetime, including teacher, pastoral associate, principal, retreat leader, daughter, sister, mother and wife. She endlessly explores how God is mixed-up in human lives and loves to help others see it as well. From 2012-2017, Bernadette was the Director for Family and Community Development for the Diocese of Scranton. She is currently an instructor in Villanova University’s Theology/Religious Studies Department and publishes a weekly podcast, www.GoodNews4You.net.