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Church Management Concentration

The Church Management Concentration of the Master's in Pastoral Ministry degree is offered in conjunction with the University of Dallas' College of Business. In this way, it combines courses in theology and ministry with courses in business, preparing graduates to make an effective and immediate impact in any Church managerial role.


The following School of Ministry courses (19 credit hours) are required to receive an MPM with a concentration in church management:

RPS 6110. Graduate Pro-Seminar. Required of all first-year students, this non-credit course is an introduction to the fields and methods of theological study for ministerial formation. Registration and active participation in all sessions constitute completion of the requirement.

RPS 6312. Moral Theology. A critical survey of fundamental moral theology, this course includes the distinctiveness of Christian morality, conscience formation, natural law, moral norms, and decision-making. It provides an entrée into special moral theology, which includes bioethics, environmental ethics, healthcare ethics, sexual ethics, and social ethics.

RPS 6320. Theological Reflection. Forming a basis of spirituality for ministers, theological reflection is a discipline designed to recognize God's activity within the context of ministry. Systematic reflection on students' spiritual journey and experiences enter into dialogue with scripture, church history, church teaching, current pastoral needs, and the lived faith experience of the people of God.

RPS 6330. Ministry in the Church. 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

RPS 6331. Pastoral Administration. This course explores the purpose and function of a parish in the life of the church, and the role of pastoral administration within it. Students consider the theology and experience of parish life and reflect on many of the key ministries necessary for its success, including ministries of Word, worship, service and community building. Pastoral skills for planning, leadership, administration of temporal goods, communication, and managing relationships are among topics considered.

RPS 6333. Pastoral Aspects of Canon Law. This course provides an overview of Canon Law (Roman Rite), especially as it pertains to pastoral ministry. Particular attention is afforded to canonical dimensions of the obligations and rights of the Christian faithful, the structure, authority, mission, and ministry of dioceses and parishes, sacramental ministry, and penal procedures.

RPS 6V90. Ministry Capstone. 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 capstone usually is taken for three credit hours, often with seasoned ministerial practitioners providing onsite supervision. Capstone projects require detailed applications and written approval by School of Ministry faculty supervisors prior to registration.


The following College of Business courses (12 credit hours) are also required:

ACCT 6300. Accounting for Managers. This course focuses on the acquisition, analysis, reporting and use of both external and internal financial information about business events important to managers and the organization. The course emphasizes the transformation of information into basic financial statements; an introduction to knowledge and skills relevant to the internal use of accounting information and techniques in support of planning and control management decisions and budgeting for business operations; management accounting methods, terms and practices; and an introduction to financial management and the time value of money.

MARK 5F50. Foundations of Marketing. Surveys the marketing activities and decisions of both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations involved in providing need-satisfying products and services to consumers in domestic and global markets. The overall goal of the course is to provide students with a working knowledge of the fundamental marketing concepts.

MANA 5F50. Foundations of Management and Strategy. Designed to provide a basic exploration of organizations in their environments and provide an introduction to the management process. The foundational tools of planning, organizing, directing and controlling will be examined, with an emphasis on the strategic management process.

MANA 6307. Managing Complex Organizations. Presents an employee-centered analysis of organizational value creation through the leadership of human resources. The intersection of organizational theory, behavior, development and changes serves as the context in which students are challenged to develop knowledge, skills, and ability necessary to plan, evaluate, implement and improve human resource initiatives.  Emphasis is placed on critically evaluating multi-dimensional value creation perspectives.  Prerequisite: MANA 5F50.  Equivalent to MANA 6305.

BUAD 6305. The Effective Leader. This course facilitates the development of interpersonal excellence (IPEX) needed to effectively lead others in achieving organizational goals in a socially complex work environment. The course builds on five integrated behavioral competencies: interpersonal knowledge, communication, interpersonal skills, collaboration, and relationship strategies. Students will become familiar with the elements of effective interpersonal relationships and then identify their relative competency gaps. They will create an individual leadership development plan and have the opportunity to practice improving their skills in establishing and maintaining productive work relationships as they work as members of class project teams.


Students are also given the opportunity to take two elective courses (6 credit hours) to complete the MPM - Church Management degree. Classes both in the School of Ministry and College of Business can qualify, with the Dean's permission. Some suggestions include:

RPS 6334. Liturgical Leadership.
RPS 6336. Catechetics and the Development of Faith.
RPS 6144. Skills for Christian Leadership.
RPS 6145. Evangelization and Catechesis.
MANA 7310. Managerial Behavior.
MANA 7395. Ethical Dimensions in Leadership.
MANA 7393. Leading Change.
MANA 6335. Inter-Cultural Management.


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