The Importance of Lay Leadership
Whether in business, education, or faith, leaders set an example and help us achieve our goals. Gonzaga University’s Master of Arts in Theology and Leadership (MATL) online theology degree prepares you to serve your community as lay leaders through curricula and skill development.
Lay leaders have volunteered or have been appointed to a leadership position within their church or organization. While lay leaders are not ordained members of the clergy, they hold active roles in ministry. Laypeople are called to demonstrate and share the message of God’s love to people from all walks of life.
In the Catholic Church, lay leaders work beside ordained leadership to extend the mission of the Church. Pope Francis, in an interview for his biography, El Jesuita, called on laypeople to cultivate a spirit of hope within their communities. “The layperson is a layperson and has to live as a layperson with the power of baptism, which enables him to be a leaven of the love of God in society itself, to create and sow hope, to proclaim the faith, not from a pulpit but from his everyday life. And, like all of us, the layperson is called to carry his daily cross — the cross of the layperson, not of the priest.” Lay leadership is a reflection of the Roman Catholic belief that God calls upon the faithful to take on responsibilities and help lead others to God’s love.
The MATL online theology degree prepares students for lay leadership through their own personal transformation and growth, giving students the skills and knowledge needed to help others. With these skills and experiences, graduates become positive influencers in their families, ministries, and communities, and are better prepared for work as lay leaders and role models to those around them.
If you want to know how an online theology degree from Gonzaga University can strengthen your lay leadership skills, contact us. Visit our Virtual Campus Blog to learn more about what our programs have to offer.