In August 2014, the Augustine Institute welcomes its first entering class for its new degree program in Leadership for the New Evangelization. This program gives Catholics with a heart for service an unparalleled combination of a sound theological formation, practical instruction tailored to lay ecclesial service, the guidance of the Institute’s experienced faculty, and real-life ministry experience in a school, parish, or apostolate in Denver, Colorado.

The degree program consists in 40 credit hours in 4 semesters of full-time study on the campus of the Augustine Institute in Denver, Colorado.

  • 12 academic courses at 3 credit hours each.
  • 4 credit hours (1 per semester for 4 semesters) of Leadership Seminar & Practicum.
  • Supervised internship at a school, parish, or apostolate in the Denver area, 3-5 hours/week.

Year I

Fall Semester

  • Salvation History
  • The Creed
  • Discipleship and Christian Life
  • Leadership Seminar and Practicum

Spring Semester

  • Jesus and the Gospels
  • Mystagogy: Liturgy & Sacraments
  • Catechesis for the New Evangelization
  • Leadership Seminar and Practicum

Year II

Fall Semester

  • Pastoral Care and Ecclesial Life
  • Moral & Spiritual Theology
  • Elective
  • Leadership Seminar and Practicum

Spring Semester

  • Theology of the New Evangelization
  • Leadership for the New Evangelization
  • Elective
  • Leadership Seminar and Practicum

Descriptions of the Required Courses:

Leadership Seminar and Practicum

Students will meet for a one-hour leadership seminar each week of their two years in the program. This seminar is the locus for the program’s effort in formation for lay ecclesial service and will serve to coordinate and consolidate both the individual mentoring of faculty advisors and also the students’ off-campus supervised internship work. Weekly meetings may be devoted to the discussion of a text read in common, a lecture by an Institute faculty member or guest speaker, or the periodic discussion of internship experiences.

Discipleship and the Christian Life

This course will investigate the history of discipleship, looking back to Scriptural times and the early Church to explore the foundations of a discipleship model as the cornerstone to effective evangelization and formation. There will be a treatment of the overall process of conversion and the unique stages of spiritual development involved, culminating in the practical arena by evaluating current ministry models to identify key earmarks of discipleship and formulating new methodologies in the practical implementation of a discipleship approach. Key texts include: Paul VI, Evangelii Nuntiandi; Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium; John Paul II, Redemptoris Missio; and Eims, The Lost Art of Disciple Making.

Leadership for the New Evangelization

This course transmits the leadership skills necessary to be effective “ambassadors for Christ” (II Cor 5:20), who can, in turn, form others in the faith. These skills include the ability to speak, to write, and to lead. Students study skills for collaborative work, goal setting and achievement, group dynamics, and leadership theory. Students are also expected to demonstrate a graduate-level mastery of written and oral communication for leadership in apostolic work. Key texts include: Phelps, The Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus; Havard, Virtuous Leadership; and Lencioni, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team.

Pastoral Care and Ecclesial Life

This course explores the theological foundations for pastoral care in light of the universal call to holiness issued by the Second Vatican Council. It also considers the Council’s proper interpretation and implementation by the Magisterium down to the present day, with particular focus on John Paul II’s apostolic exhortation on the vocation of the laity, Christifidelis laici. The course treats ecclesial life and service, including the history and present reality of lay leadership in the Church, diocesan and parish structures, the practical application of canon and civil law as it relates to leadership in the Church, and also the special pastoral challenges posed by today’s secular culture.

Catechesis for the New Evangelization

This course investigates the principles articulated by the Magisterium of the Church to govern and guide the practice of evangelization and catechesis—particularly as found in John Paul II’s apostolic exhortation Catechesi tradendae—and explores the various methods used to implement these directives for the sake of the New Evangelization. The content and arrangement of the Catechism of the Catholic Church will be proposed as a synthesis of past catechetical practice and a sure norm for teaching the faith in the present and the future. Attention will also be given to pedagogical methods and the pastoral strategies needed for the effective evangelization of adults, youth, and children in our current cultural setting.