Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Pastoral Studies

Parish Leadership and Management Programs


As part of its mission as a world-class institution of applied pastoral education and spirituality, the Institute of Pastoral Studies offers coursework, consultation, and other unique training and networking events to support parishes and congregations. Our aim is to assess unmet areas of pastoral need and create innovative programming through the expertise and vision brought to the table by our extraordinary faculty and staff.

Specifically, IPS Parish Leadership and Management Programs are derived from on-the-ground experience and learning from Catholic parishes in the Archdiocese of Chicago as part of INSPIRE—Identify, Nurture, and Sustain Pastoral Imagination through Resources for Excellence. INSPIRE, a ten-year running Lilly Endowment, Inc. Sustaining Pastoral Excellence program, sought to understand and support collaborative expressions of team among lay and ordained parish staff members. Its research/consultation-based approach informed a unique style of Parish Consulting that provides unparalleled teambuilding support in the contemporary pastoral workplace.

In accordance with the IPS mission, the Jesuit educational tradition, and in order to continue the work of INSPIRE, the Institute of Pastoral Studies offers support services in three areas: 1) Education and Training; 2) Parish Consulting; and 3) Networking. It is our intention that offerings will be dynamic and changing, as the needs of parishes and congregations continue to evolve and emerge.