Through its university affiliation, the Center for the Study of Church Management is committed to contributing to knowledge formation and dissemination through research.

Both scholarly and applied researchers are welcomed to contact the Center for more information about research funding, ongoing research support and presentation opportunities.


Each year, the Villanova Center for Church Management sponsors research fellows exploring the field of church management. Click below to learn more about some of these research topics and to view select webinar presentations and PowerPoints on their scholarly findings. These resources are free and can be shared with anyone who might benefit from them.

Understanding the Impact of Covid-19 on US Protestant and Catholic Church Giving: November 3, 2023

All May Not Be Forgiven: Post Seminary Financial Liabilities for Diocesan Catholics Pursuing Ordination: November 10, 2023 

Funding Forward: A Pathway to More Sustainable Models for Ministry: November 17, 2023

The Latino Experience at Catholic Parishes in the United States: A Stakeholder Analysis Approach: February 9, 2024

Finances in U.S. Latino Congregations Trends from the Faith Communities Today (FACT) and Exploring the Pandemic Impact on Congregations (EPIC) Surveys: February 16, 2024

Catholic Foundations: An Analysis of Governance Structures, Transparency and Financial Performance: February 23, 2024




Research Fellows Examining the Past, Present and Future of Ecumenical Clergy Finance Issues

As part of a generous gift from the Lilly Endowment’s National Initiative to Address Economic Challenges for Pastoral Leaders, we are proud to sponsor research fellows and mentors who are performing ground-breaking research on clergy finance issues.


Church Management Scholars

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



Master of Science in Church Management