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The Mission of the Empowering Pastoral Leaders (EPL) Project is “to develop pastoral leaders who have a solid foundation in financial literacy and appropriate skills in leadership and management so that their ministries flourish and parishioners grow as disciples”.   EPL also offers grants to priests, deacons serving on parish staffs and lay ecclesial ministers dealing with personal debt issues.

EPL offers these training programs:

Villanova – Certificate in Church Management (eLearning)

Villanova’s Center for Church Management enables current and future church leaders to steward the human, financial, and other resources of the church by teaching business best practices in a Christian context of mission and ministry. They offer a Certificate in Church Management, as well as conducting programs in church management throughout the year. Villanova offers a series of 12 – 90-minute web seminars that offer participants the most current Church management practices designed uniquely for faith-based organizations.

Villanova – Certificate in Catholic Schools Management (eLearning)

Villanova School of Business’s Center for Church Management, in partnership with the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) has developed the Certificate in Catholic Schools Management to help fill the gaps in learning for Catholic school principals, vice principals, presidents, and rising leaders. The program equips school leaders with the tools they will need to successfully guide our Catholic schools for years to come and to continue the legacy of this invaluable component of our church. The Certificate in Catholic School Management is a unique program designed to enhance management skills and deepen the spirit of leadership.

National Leadership Roundtable (Classroom and eLearning)

Leadership Roundtable promotes best practices and accountability in the management, finances, communications, and human resource development of the Catholic Church in the U.S. including greater incorporation of the expertise of the laity. They bring together leaders from the worlds of business, finance, academia, philanthropy, nonprofit organizations, and the Church, to serve the Catholic Church. Leadership Roundtable serves the Church through their programs, their collection of best practices, and their consultancy services.

Lake Institute on Faith and Giving (eLearning)

Assists pastors and PLCs and their ministry leaders to turn the conversation from money to generosity exploring cultural change within a parish.   Their programs prepare participants to increase weekly offering and prepare for capital campaigns.

St. Meinrad Institute for Priests and Presbyterates

The Institute for Priests and Presbyterates aims to help priests sharpen their skills for more effective ministry and to keep both priests and presbyterates holy, healthy and effective in various ministry settings and stages of life.  Their mission includes a venture to help dioceses provide the ongoing formation needed for their priests.

Archdiocese of Indianapolis (classroom & eLearning)

The Archdiocese of Indianapolis offers internal programs to their employees, both optional and required.  These include programs from the Intercultural Pastoral Institute on pastoral leadership, from the Office of Stewardship and Development on cultivating generous congregations, Human Resourced promoting human dignity in the Church Workplace, Matt Bloom on Wellbeing in Ministry, and Pete the Planner on financial management.

EPL offers this grant program with supplemental financial education: 

Ministerial Excellence Fund

This fund will provide grants to priests, deacons serving on parish staffs and lay ecclesial ministers dealing with personal debt issues.  These issues could be caused by, for example, student loans and catastrophic illness. Helping clergy and lay ecclesial ministers resolve personal debt helps them become more effective ministers.  This program also offers free financial education for employees and their spouses.

More details on all these programs including registration, scheduling and costs are available by contacting the Empowering Pastor Leader Dan Krodel at dkrodel@archindy.org or 317-236-1562.

The Empowering Pastoral Leaders Course Catalog provides guidelines for Pastoral Leaders on the suggested timing on what order and when to take these programs.   This link takes you to the Course Catalog.

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