Advanced Pastoral Leadership

Advanced Pastoral Leadership

Intended Audience

By episcopal invitation only for Pastors who have completed at least 5 years of Pastoral Leadership. This is a joint program sponsored by USML and the Kellogg School of Management’s Center for Non-Profit Management at Northwestern University.

This third level of pastor training is an invitation only program restricted to pastors who have served a minimum of five years as pastor and/or administrator and [are] recognized by his episcopal vicar as a very effective pastor. This is a joint program sponsored by the University of St. Mary of the Lake and the Kellogg School of Management’s Center for Non-Profit Management at Northwestern University. This program was offered for the first time in 2010-2011 to a pilot group of thirty-eight pastors and archdiocesan leaders.

Unlike other church management programs which merely translate management studies into church language, the basic logic of the Mundelein/Kellogg program is to build the advanced pastoral leadership studies upon the M.Div. degree work which the priest-pastor has done. In this way, the learning outcomes will organically relate to a priest’s foundational theological training, rather than simply being an add-on.

The demands on dioceses to staff their parishes and significant agencies and offices are increasing. In addition, there is a growing need for clergy who possess advanced leadership and administrative skills. Such skills cannot be mastered in seminary but can only be acquired after a man has gained parish pastoral leadership experience.

The Kellogg School Center for Nonprofit Management is pleased to partner with USML/Mundelein Seminary in educating a cohort of pastors from the Archdiocese of Chicago and other dioceses.

Management skills, theology and prayer are seamlessly interwoven into the program’s pastoral approach. Seeing the joy of the Kellogg faculty at being asked to offer their professional competence to help priests is an affirmation of the resources in the laity that are waiting to be tapped.


This fourth cohort has several new topics to propose for the upcoming program, and has been extended outside the Archdiocese of Chicago.  The 2017 program will host two sessions at Kellogg and two sessions at Mundelein’ Conference Center. Below is an overview of the 2017 program.



Note: All workshops commence at 8:30 am the first day and conclude at 4:30 pm on the second day, with the exception of the last workshop (Oct 17-18th), which will conclude at 5:30 pm on the second day.

Participant Testimonials:

 “This program did two things in particular… 1. It affirmed my ability to lead and pastor, 2. It offered new learning to help me be a more effective leader and pastor.”

“I am bringing to the program 12 years of experience pastoring at my current parish and am preparing to move on to pastoring at a new parish assignment.  I was able to reflect on my past experience and am already looking forward to applying what I have learned in the years ahead.”

“Classroom exercises, presentations at Kellogg were like transparencies to overlay experience of pastoring.  The time to step away to reflect upon parish life and pastoral leadership.  Listening to other’s experience/ideas.”

“1. The professionalism of the program. 2. Learning with 40 of my peers. 3. Excellent professors”


“The session with the former CEO from Baxter. Very dynamic and he integrated faith and leadership superbly.”


For more information, please contact Megan Deichl at the University of St. Mary of the Lake

847.837.4558                    mdeichl@usml.edu