Program Components

The Emmaus Program is a process that integrates experiences in 4 growth areas.

  1. Human

  2. Spiritual

  3. Intellectual

  4. Pastoral

 

Program Requirements

Participants are required to participate in a personal and spiritual formation process. This three-stage process involves:

  • Two or Three Evening and Days of Reflection per year
  • Personal Growth Workshops
  • Academic Coursework
  • Spiritual Direction
  • Self-Evaluation

 

Stage I

Participants attend Orientation, Spiritual and Scriptural coursework and preparation.

Stage II

Participants continue with Theological coursework and personal growth formation.

Stage III

Participants choose a Ministerial Specialty Track and begin coursework. The Advisor, Sponsor, and Pastor/Pastoral leader will help the participant develop and implement a Learning Covenant.

 

See COURSES and CALENDAR for more information on class details. 

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1. Human Growth Experiences

Participants strengthen their life of discipleship by deepening their knowledge of self and others by:

  • Discussing and applying the results of the Myers/Briggs Type Indicator
  • Discovering personal strengths by completing the Strengthsfinder online tool and the Living Your Strengths workshop
  • Meeting periodically with the Program Director
  • Developing and implementing a Learning Covenant that serves as their blueprint for ministry

 

2. Spiritual Growth Experiences

Participants deepen their spirituality by:

  • Participating in Evenings/Days of Reflection
  • Learning and experiencing various forms of spirituality through course work
  • Experiencing spiritual growth with the help of a Spiritual Director
  • Reflecting on life/faith experiences through Theological Reflection
  • Developing and implementing a Learning Covenant that serves as their blueprint for ministry

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3. Intellectual Growth Experiences

Participants gain a theological/scriptural foundation and competencies for a specialized area of ministry by successfully completing undergraduate courses through Silver Lake College of the Holy Family.

In the courses, participants actively participate in various classroom experiences, prepare and lead prayer services, attend presentations by faculty and their peers, and take part in small and large group discussions.

 

  • Theology/Scripture Studies – Required Core Courses - Eighteen (18) credits
  • Specialized Studies – Six (6) credits in one of the following areas:
    • Pastoral Ministry
    • Liturgy
    • Faith Formation
    • Youth Ministry
    • Business Management

 

4. Pastoral Growth Experiences

Participants gain practical experience in a parish setting by:

  • Engaging in ongoing Pastoral Ministry, which they discuss twice a year with the program director.
  • Taking part in a Field Practicum, which gives them practical experience in a particular area, by following a Learning Covenant that various mentors help them design.

 

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Diocesan Chart of Parish Ministers

The following chart identifies examples of various nonordained parish ministries according to ministry areas and the appropriate formation:

 

AREA OF MINISTRY

GROUP I:

PARISH MINISTERS
Parish/Diocesan

Formation Recommended

GROUP II:

 PARISH MINISTRY LEADERS

Diocesan Program Required

GROUP III:

PARISH MINISTRY
LEADERS

Master's Degree Required**

APPOINTED

   

Pastoral Leader

(No Resident Pastor)

PASTORAL

Pastoral Care Ministers

Human Concern Ministers

Family Life Ministers

Evangelization Ministers
Parish Pastoral Council Member

Pastoral Ministry Coordinator

Pastoral Associate

WORSHIP

Liturgical Ministers

Liturgy Committee Member

Baptismal Prep Leader

Leader of Initiation

Leader of Prayer

Liturgy Coordinator

Liturgist

FAITH

FORMATION

Facilitator*

Catechist*

Aide/Volunteer

Board Member

Secretary

Faith Formation Coordinator*

Director of Faith Formation*

SCHOOL

Teacher*

Board Member

Aide/Volunteer

Secretary

 

Principal*

YOUTH

Youth Minister*

Adult Advisor

Youth Ministry Coordinator*

Director of Youth Ministry*

BUSINESS

Secretary

Bookkeeper

Finance Council Member

Trustee

Business Manager

Business Administrator

 

* State Religion Certification Requirements still apply for teachers/catechists/education administrators/youth. 

 

**St. Norbert College Master's of Theological Studies

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