Carroll College, Helena Montana
Pastoral Ministry

Pastoral Ministry Program

Carroll College's Pastoral Ministry Program--Currently on Hiatus

Set within a fun and highly-interactive teaching setting, the program equips both interested Carroll students and lay members of congregations with the tools they need to be more effective leaders within their respective churches. The program leads participants through a series of topics that span doctrine, Christian history, liturgy, spirituality, ethics, philosophy and group dynamics/leadership skills.

Program Options

If you would like to participate in the pastoral ministry program, you have two options:

1) Just participate! Come and enjoy stimulating lectures, conversation and food(!) that will expand your understanding of Christianity and of your role in the church. For this level of participation, you will pay only the program fee, which is $400 per year ($800 total for the two-year program). Go to the Registration page for more details.

2) Earn credit! In addition to the great lectures, conversation and food, for those that don't mind doing a little reading and writing before they come to the lectures, there is an opportunity to earn up to 12 credits from Carroll College for your participation in the program. The completion of all these 12 credits entitles you to receive a Certificate in Pastoral Ministry from Carroll College. For this level of participation, you will pay both the program fee, which is $400 per year, and the course credit fee, which is $500/course. In other words, a person who wants to earn the Certificate in Pastoral Ministry will pay for all four courses in the program at a cost of $2,000 for tuition PLUS the program fee of $400 for each of the two years. This means the total cost for such a person's participation in the program is $2,800 for the two-years. Now, if you did not know, this is a nearly 80% savings on Carroll's normal tuition! What a bargain for 12 credits! Go to the Registration page for more details about earning Carroll College credit.

This is ideal for two types of participants:

(a) working adults who are already employed in or are considering employment in a church-related institution; and

(b) older teens and working adults who want to earn transferable, college credit.

Note on costs: In past program years, roughly 75% of participants have found that their church or parish has funds for continuing education. It is highly likely your pastoral staff will be able to fund most or all of the cost of the program for you. Just ask!

The 2012-2014 Cycle

The pastoral ministry program runs for a two-year cycle. Participants meet one weekend each month (Friday night through Saturday afternoon) from September to April for two "academic years."  While we have met in different cities around the western half of Montana during the program's twenty-plus year history, during 2012-2014, we will meet in Missoula for each weekend session. All of our meetings will be at Blessed Trinity parish in Missoula.

Our first meeting of 2012 will be September 14-15 with the topic, "Religious Imagination," which reflects on how to think beyond the ordinary with storytelling and delight. We then move into biblical and doctrinal themes in succeeding months. An overview of the entire program's lectures may be found by clicking here.


If you have further questions about the Pastoral Ministry Program, please do not hesitate to contact the Program Director, Dr. Brian Matz. He may be reached by email at