The Specialized Certificate program offers specialty-level ministry education courses, informative readings, and reflective assignments for persons currently engaged or soon to be engaged in pastoral ministry leadership roles in local Christian faith communities. Thus the Specialized Certificate is a professional ministry credential and a continuing ministry education (ceu credit) program which is ideal for lay ministry professionals, clergy, pastoral administrators, parish coordinators, and pastoral associates; other local church leaders such as DREs and religious education coordinators; experienced ministry volunteers; and post-graduate level students.
Certificate program participants often include persons who wish to update themselves on current areas of ministry interest, to acquire another professional ministry credential, to acquire ministry leadership skills, to fulfill continuing education requirements, to further integrate their previous ministry studies and/or ministry experiences, and to integrate knowledge from the disciplines of theology, canon law studies, ministry, leadership theory, and psychology.
This certificate program leads toward continuing education credit hours (ceu) of specialized- or upper-level ministry studies. Successful completion of all six courses in this program results in the student’s reception of the professional ministry credential called the Specialized Certificate in Pastoral Life and Administration from the Loyola Pastoral Life Center (LPLC), of Loyola University New Orleans.