Undergraduate Certificate Programs

We offer four Ministry Certificate Programs:

Courses are offered both in English and Spanish. To meet the needs of the students, we offer classes on campus in Morristown, New Jersey, at off-site locations in New Jersey, and online. These programs are designed for those currently serving in parish ministry roles, those wanting to prepare for ministry roles, and those wishing to come for their own personal growth and development. These are all undergraduate level courses, 4 credits each. In addition to the 20 course credits, there is also a 4-credit Pastoral Internship that will be completed during the program. The 24 credits may be transferred into other programs of study leading to baccalaureate degrees.

Formation Component

Helping students continue to grow in Christian maturity is core to all Certificate Programs. Students are expected to participate in ongoing spiritual formation, which includes appropriate workshops, liturgies, retreats, and days of reflection for personal faith development. More detailed information is given upon acceptance into the program.

Ministry Integration Seminar

Includes supervised field education emphasizing pastoral skills and theological reflection coupled with a monthly seminar on pertinent topics for ministry. Each student develops a ministry project to be approved by the Director of the program. The student will also fulfill other requirements of the pastoral practicum: assigned readings, case studies, and periodic written assignments.

Admission

Please call 973-290-4346 (English and Spanish) for the Ministry Certificate Program Application Packet.

The following are required:

  • Completed Application for Admission Form
  • $35 Application Fee
  • Personal Statement
  • Official High School or College Transcript
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Endorsement Form (if applicable)
  • Admissions Interview

Requirements for a Certificate in Religious Education

This certificate prepares students to lead others into the lifelong journey of saying yes to faith with both mind and heart. Students will gain knowledge of the theories of teaching and learning for adults, adolescents, and children and will explore the contemporary documents on Catechetics and Evangelization which ground the educational ministry of the church.

  • THEO110 Hebrew Testament or THEO113 New Testament (4)
  • THEO153 Foundations in Lay Ministry: Identity and Pastoral Practice with the Living God (4)
  • THEO230 Religious Education Skills and Competencies (4)
  • THEO250 Christian Ethics: Principles and Process for Decision-Making (4)
  • THEO280/281 Ministry Integration Seminar (4)
  • THEO320 Fundamentals of Christian Faith (4)

Total: 24

Related Requirement:

Students are expected to participate in ongoing spiritual formation, which includes appropriate workshops, liturgies, retreats, and days of reflection for personal faith development. More detailed information is given upon acceptance into the program.

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Requirements for a Certificate in Youth and Young Adult Ministry

This certificate is designed to develop a vibrant outreach for serving this vital community in parish life – youth and young adults as part of the present and future Church. Using study of Scripture and theology as a foundation, students will examine social and psychological development and will develop tools for evangelization and program design in ministering to this population.

  • THEO110 Hebrew Testament or THEO113 New Testament (4)
  • THEO153 Foundations in Lay Ministry: Identity and Pastoral Practice with the Living God (4)
  • THEO137 Youth Ministry: Skills and Competencies (4)
  • THEO250 Christian Ethics: Principles and Process for Decision-Making (4)
  • THEO280/281 Ministry Integration Seminar (4)
  • THEO320 Fundamentals of Christian Faith (4)

Total: 24

Related Requirement:

Students are expected to participate in ongoing spiritual formation, which includes appropriate workshops, liturgies, retreats, and days of reflection for personal faith development. More detailed information is given upon acceptance into the program.

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Requirements for a Certificate in Parish Life Ministries

This certificate prepares students to minister to a wide variety of pastoral needs across the family life spectrum. Using study of the theological and Scriptural touchstones that inform the pastoral practices of hospitality and compassion, students will examine the sociological and psychological forces that shape family life in all of its markers and milestones.

  • THEO110 Hebrew Testament or THEO113 New Testament (4)
  • THEO153 Foundations in Lay Ministry: Identity and Pastoral Practice with the Living God (4)
  • THEO205 Christian Marriage and Family (4)
  • THEO250 Christian Ethics: Principles and Process for Decision-Making (4)
  • THEO280/281 Ministry Integration Seminar (4)
  • THEO320 Fundamentals of Christian Faith (4)

Total: 24

Related Requirement:

Students are expected to participate in ongoing spiritual formation, which includes appropriate workshops, liturgies, retreats, and days of reflection for personal faith development. More detailed information is given upon acceptance into the program.

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Requirements for a Certificate in Pastoral Administration

This certificate honors the strong theological and Scriptural foundations that must inform the administration of a parish, recognizing that effective business and personnel management must always point to the implementation of Gospel values. Students will use their study to develop an individualized curriculum which best honors their experience and educational background, coupled with the needs of the parish.

  • THEO110 Hebrew Testament or THEO113 New Testament (4)
  • THEO153 Foundations in Lay Ministry: Identity and Pastoral Practice with the Living God (4)
  • THEO2XX Pastoral Administration (4)
  • THEO250 Christian Ethics: Principles and Process for Decision-Making (4)
  • THEO280/281 Ministry Integration Seminar (4)
  • THEO320 Fundamentals of Christian Faith (4)

Total: 24

Related Requirement:

Students are expected to participate in ongoing spiritual formation, which includes appropriate workshops, liturgies, retreats, and days of reflection for personal faith development. More detailed information is given upon acceptance into the program.

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