The Center for Church Management fosters relationships and conducts analysis on the deepest needs in the church to offer a wide variety of general, specialized or partner-based programs to support church management education and research.

“We piloted the program by sponsoring 10 parish business managers to participate. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive and we have now offered to sponsor one person per parish to earn the Certificate.”
-Brad Wilson, CFO, Archdiocese of Atlanta


The Center for Church Management offers a Certificate Program in a webinar series. Twelve live, online seminars provide a high-level overview of church management elements for busy pastors, priests, business managers and other church administrators. Listen and view presentations from experts on topics ranging from website design and legal issues to parish security and pastoral planning.



Since 2017, the Center for Church Management has partnered with the Diocesan Fiscal Management Conference (DFMC) to educate church financial administrators as they foster better stewardship of resources. The Center assists with continuing education for DFMC members and the creation, maintenance and administration of the Certified Diocesan Fiscal Manager (CDFM) Exam.


Certificate in Catholic School Management

The Certificate in Catholic School Management is a unique program designed to enhance management skills and deepen the spirit of leadership. It will provide principals and administrators with high-quality training in the diverse skills needed to successfully lead Catholic schools. The tools and knowledge presented in the program will be of great value to school leaders and will better enable them to achieve the mission of Jesus Christ through their schools. This program was developed through a generous grant from the Ambassador’s Fund for Catholic Education.

To earn a Certificate in Catholic School Management from the Villanova Center for Church Management, participants must complete the 12 asynchronous modules and attend all live sessions. Participants are expected to complete the program within 12 months of starting their first module.


Center for Church Management
Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085
Tel: (610) 519-6015
Fax: (610) 519-6054

Matt Manion
Faculty Director
(610) 519-6430

Chesley Turner
(610) 519-6015