Theological School Program to Improve the Quality of Congregational Ministry - Sacred Heart Major Seminary

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Start Date: 
Mon, 11/30/1998
End Date: 
Wed, 12/31/2003

Sacred Heart Major Seminary revised its Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies (MAPS) academic curriculum and created a formation component to adequately prepare lay pastoral ministers for service. The seminary examined the education and formation of lay pastoral ministry in North America with a view to reassessing the standards of its own MAPS program and implemented a reworked model. The seminary also focused on intensifying the recruitment campaign to invite lay pastoral ministry candidates to enter into a full-time ministry program. The formation component of lay pastoral ministers saw renewed emphasis in the areas of spiritual direction, mentoring and theological reflection.