Certificate in Foundations for Leadership in Ministry

Audience

  1. Current ministerial leaders who have never had systematic training for leadership
  2. Potential ministerial leaders with pastoral experience who desire to move into leadership positions
  3. Pastoral leaders who desire to update themselves with contemporary pastoral leadership training

Requirements

  1. Complete the following prerequisite VLCFF courses:
    • Theological Reflection (Seminar)
    • Survey of Catholic Doctrine
    • Introduction to Scripture
    • Introduction to Liturgy
  2. Complete the application form (use the link found below) and pay the $20.00 / $35.00 fee for Level I.
  3. Complete the 6 required courses for Level I.
    1. Successfully complete the required work for each course including the additional Certificate exercises in each session of the course.
    2. It is recommended that the courses in each level be taken in sequence.
    3. Normal Course and Seminar fees apply.
    4. You are responsible for self-registering for all courses.
  4. Complete the application form (use the link found below) and pay the $20.00 / $35.00 fee for Level II. Successfully complete the required work for each course including the additional Certificate exercises in each session of the course.
  5. Up to two courses taken with a diocese may be applied toward the Certificate in Foundations for Leadership in Ministry. The Diocesan Catechetical Leader is required to submit a letter and course syllabus to the Director of the VLCFF indicating that the selected course/s was equivalent to 2.5 CEUs (25 clock hours of work) and met the equivalent VLCFF course objectives.
  6. It is your responsibility to keep track of your progress in the program: Keep track of the courses you have taken, and when you have finished the program, contact Laura Franklin with your request for your certificate of completion.

Register

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Pre-requisites

  1. Theological Reflection (Seminar)
  2. Survey of Catholic Doctrine
  3. Introduction to Scripture
  4. Introduction to Liturgy

Required Courses

Curriculum for the Certificate in Foundations for Leadership in Ministry

Level I courses must be completed before applying for Level II.

Formation courses should precede Method courses in each Level.

Courses may be taken separately if not pursuing total certificate.

Level I Courses

Theology

  1. New Testament
  2. Christology
  3. Ecclesiology: Pilgrim Church

Formation

  1. Vocation to Ministry

Methods

  1. Communication and Community
  2. Collaboration and Community

Level II Courses

Theology

  1. Ecclesiology: Reframing Church
  2. Morality (Christian or Practical Morality)

Formation

  1. Pastoral Approach to Culture

Methods

  1. Leadership in Ministry
  2. Administration in Ministry

Capstone Course

  1. Church: Living System and Sacrament

Required Textbooks for the Full Certificate Program

  • Required Book: Carmody, Timothy R. Reading the Bible (A Study Guide) Paulist Press 2004 ISBN 0-8091-4189-2
  • Required Book: Tim Dowley The Student Bible Atlas Augsburg Fortress Publishers (October 30, 2005) ISBN: 0806620382. The same Atlas is used for both the Old Testament and the New Testament courses.
  • Required Book: Bernard P. Prusak The Church Unfinished $22.95 Paulist Press 2004 ISBN: 0-8091-4286-4
  • Required Book: Bill Huebsch Vatican II in Plain English. Volume 2: The Constitutions $14.95 Thomas More Publishing, 1997 ISBN: 0-88347-350-X This text is used in all three Ecclesiology courses. It is Volume 2 of a three-volume set. Each volume is available separately. It is a worthwhile addition to the library of catechists, teachers, and lay ecclesial ministers.
  • Required Book: Bolton, Robert People Skills: How to Assert Yourself, Listen to Others, and Resolve Conflicts New York, NY: Simon and Schuster, 1986 ISBN: 978-0-671-62248-0
  • Required Book: Vassallo, Wanda Church Communications Handbook: A Complete Guide to Developing a Strategy, Using Technology, Writing Effectively, Reaching the Unchurched Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 1998 ISBN: 0-8254-3925-6
  • Required Book: Dennis M. Doyle The Church Emerging from Vatican II Twenty-Third Publications, 2002 ISBN: 9780896225077
  • Required Book: Bill Huebsch Vatican II in Plain English. The Constitutions Thomas More Publishing, 1997 ISBN: 978-0883473504
  • Required Book: Bill Huebsch Vatican II in Plain English. The Decrees and Declarations Thomas More Publishing, 1997 ISBN: 978-0883473511
  • Required Book: Pennock, Michael Francis This is Our Faith $12.95 Ave Maria Press, 1998.
  • Required Book: Connors, Russell B., Jr., Christian Morality: In the Breath of God $7.95 Loyola Press, 2001. To purchase directly from Loyola Press: http:/ / www.loyolapress.com/ catholic-basics-christian-morality.htm
  • Required Book: Gula, Richard M., S.S. Reason Informed by Faith Paulist Press, 1989 ISBN: 0-8091-3066-1
  • Required Book: Conners, Russell B. Jr., PhD. Christian Morality: In the Breath of God Chicago: Loyola Press, 2001: Please go to http:/ / www.loyolapress.com/ ministry-resources-catholic-basics-series-store.htm to purchase this book. ISBN: 0-8294-1722-2
  • Required Book: USCCB National Directory for Catechesis ISBN: 1574554433

Most Course Materials are available at the VLCFF Amazon Store.