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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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