Purpose of Emmaus Program

The Diocese of Green Bay sponsors this accredited three-stage college credit certificate program in collaboration with Silver Lake College of the Holy Family. It is designed for women and men with experience and demonstrated effectiveness as a parish minister who seek to develop as ministerial leaders in any of five areas:

 

Other Options

These courses also may be used as:

  • Credentials for various church ministries
  • Credits applied to a Bachelor’s Degree
  • Credits fulfilling pre-requisites for a Master’s Degree
  • Continuing Education Opportunities
  • Core curriculum for Diaconate Formation

 

Program Completion

Participants who successfully complete the program requirements will be certified by the Local Diocesan Bishop and will be presented with a certificate identifying their specialized area of ministry.

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Duties of Certified Ministers

Although specific job descriptions vary, the following are the general responsibilities of Certified Ministers:

 

Pastoral Ministry Coordinator

 Specific duties commonly include:

  • Collaborating with Pastor/Pastoral Leader and other staff members
  • Assisting the Pastor/Pastoral Leader in pastoral care, RCIA, sacramental preparation, evangelization, and other spiritual needs and services
  • Assessing pastoral needs
  • Coordinating programs, as needed, to address the spiritual and corporal needs
  • Recruiting, training, supporting, and supervising volunteers
  • Providing opportunities for spiritual enrichment
  • Making referrals, as needed, for counseling
  • Preparing and monitoring an annual budget

Liturgy Coordinator

 Assists the Pastor/Pastoral Leader in providing prayerful worship experiences.

Specific duties commonly include:

  • collaborating with pastoral leaders and other ministers
  • serving on the worship committee
  • implementing the worship committee’s liturgical plans
  • recruiting, training, supporting, and supervising liturgical ministers
  • overseeing the preparation of the worship environment
  • serving as prayer leader when appropriate
  • providing opportunities for liturgical education
  • supplying needed liturgical documents, guidelines, and orders of prayer
  • preparing and monitoring an annual budget

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Faith Formation Coordinator

Assists in promoting quality catechesis within a parish. The person may be responsible for all or a portion of pre-K through twelve, sacramental programs, youth ministry, and adult formation.

Specific duties commonly include:

  • collaborating with pastoral leaders and other ministers in implementing sacramental/catechetical policies and guidelines
  • identifying program needs
  • selecting and evaluating appropriate curricula
  • recruiting, training, supporting, and supervising catechists
  • evaluating and procuring necessary resource materials
  • providing appropriate environments for educational and spiritual growth
  • encouraging parents in their role as primary educators of children
  • serving on the Board of Total Catholic Education and other committees
  • serving as a resource to school, parish groups, and committees
  • facilitating effective public relations/communications within the program, parish, and community
  • fostering Total Catholic Education
  • preparing and monitoring an annual budget
  • maintaining parish and diocesan catechetical records

 

Youth Ministry Coordinator

Assists the Pastor/Pastoral Leader in providing resources that focus on serving youth and their families.

Specific duties commonly include:

  • collaborating with pastoral leaders and other ministers, especially the Coordinator or Director of Religious Education
  • identifying the spiritual, psychological, social, and moral needs of youth
  • recruiting, training, supporting, and supervising youth leaders and youth workers
  • establishing comprehensive youth ministry programming
  • making referrals, as needed, for counseling
  • providing specific programs and experiences addressing the needs of youth
  • preparing and monitoring an annual budget

 

Parish Business Manager

Assists the Pastor/Pastoral Leader in administering the parish’s physical, financial, and personnel resources.

Specific duties commonly include:

  • assessing the physical, financial, and support staff personnel needs
  • assisting the pastor/pastoral leader and parish constituencies in preparing the parish budget
  • ensuring that financial reports are accurate and complete
  • assisting in short-and-long range planning
  • coordinating the plans for the maintenance of church properties in collaboration with appropriate committees
  • facilitating state-of-the-art technology
  • assisting in providing effective public relations/communications within the parish and community

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