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. Participants must complete a 3-5 page reflection paper on each topic to earn the Certificate. For the 2023-24 Cohort, the program has been sold out and all scholarships have been awarded. Registration for the 2024-2025 cohort will open in August of 2024.

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, administrators, and rising leaders 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.

Classes begin each year in January. Regisration will open on November 1.

Limited-Time Offer Lilly Scholarship price of $299. Applications will open in October.

The cost of the Certificate is $899. Scholarships up to $600 are available for qualified educators, thanks to a generous grant from the Lilly Endowment’s National Initiative to Address Economic Challenges Facing Pastoral Leaders.

This one-week intensive offers a curriculum designed specifically for Catholic men in formation. Coursework covers the fundamentals of church management, addressing both money and people, with current research, real-life case studies, group projects, and interactive class discussions. This residency course is offered on Villanova’s beautiful campus, bringing together men in formation from across the country to share fellowship, worship, and meals, and learning.



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.

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