The Program of Church Management teaches how to manage the temporal assets of the Church honestly and wisely, in conformity with the principles of Catholic Social Teaching and with accordance to canon law.


The Program of Church Management (PCM) is a course organized by the Markets, Culture and Ethics Research Centre to give clerics, seminarians, religious and lay persons economic, financial and administrative skills in order to be exemplary in the stewardship of the ecclesiastic temporal patrimony.

It has become increasingly apparent that there is a need for a managerial-administrative formation for those who will be responsible for the Church’s material goods.

In raising awareness of this great need, not only have future priests and the economists of individual dioceses responded, but also members of the Church hierarchy, who are ready to contribute to a solution.

The Church needs to be exemplary in the stewardship of her material assets in order to give testimony to the Gospel. The pastoral use of her material goods is a constitutive element of the Church, and the correct dealing with money is an important element of the spirituality of any person entrusted with leadership roles.

Unlike secular business schools where students learn to create wealth and build businesses, this program focuses on how to serve the poor effectively and use the material assets of the Church honestly.

Participants learn the best managerial practices in conformity with the principles of Catholic Social Teaching and with accordance to canon law.

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On September 9, 2020 we hosted the webinar: Organizing the Church: Pyramid or Team?, in partnership with the Global Institute of Church Management.

The hierarchy vs. team dichotomy is a classic debate in organization studies. Proponents of participatory management have criticized hierarchy as an obstacle to efficient communication, motivation, and learning, while those who have defended hierarchy view it as indispensable for large organizations.

One of the titles of the chief priest in Rome, the pope, is Supreme Pontiff. Pontiff means “bridge”. The Vicar of Christ, and every priest for that matter, “bridges” Heaven and earth by going to God for the people and going to the people for God. In addition to the spiritual, the new Congregation for Clergy instruction on parishes reaffirms that priests must be the metaphorical bridge on the physical plane as well. As a framework for thinking in this way, the document references Pope Francis’ continual call for greater “creativity” in fostering a culture of encounter that unites people in a vision of a parish as a “community of communities”.

On February 2020, Rev. Robert A. Gahl, Jr., Vice-Chair of the Program of Church Management, held a Lectio Magistralis on The Theological Foundations of Church Management. Here you may find a short summary and the full video of the Lectio.


Congratulations to the winners of the First Program of Church Management Capstone Project Award, Fr. Joel P. Agad and Chrisma Bangaoil!

Throughout the Program, students learn a wide range of management skills that prepare them for using the resources of the Church in accordance with Catholic Social Teachings. Capstone projects give PCM students the opportunity to go fully hands-on, translating theory and research into action.


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