Published on March 16, 2014
Presented byPresented by Dr. Charlotte McCorquodaleDr. Charlotte McCorquodale Ministry Training SourceMinistry Training Source National Certification Standards & Process for Lay Ecclesial Ministers The Alliance for the CertificationThe Alliance for the Certification of Lay Ecclesial Ministersof Lay Ecclesial Ministers www.lemcertification.orgwww.lemcertification.org 1
Where are you from and what type of ministry do you do on behalf of the Church? In your experience, what is one of the most important issues that needs to be addressed by the Church regarding lay ecclesial ministers ? What is one thing you hope we discuss regarding national certification?
What questions do you have aboutWhat questions do you have about being nationally certified?being nationally certified? .
Purpose ofToday’s WorkshopPurpose ofToday’s Workshop Provide an overview of the new national certification process and national standards. Share the context for understanding national certification by the Alliance including a brief history and review of terms. Reflect on the role that certification plays in the development of Lay Ecclesial Ministry. Answer questions about national certification.
19621962 Vatican IIVatican II 19801980 Called & GiftedCalled & Gifted 19991999 State of the questionsState of the questions 20052005 Co-workers in the vineyardCo-workers in the vineyard 20112011 National CertificationNational Certification 20252025 What is the future of LEM?What is the future of LEM? 5
“It calls Church leaders, ordained and lay, to become more intentional and effective in ordering and integrating lay ecclesial ministers within the ministerial life and structures of our dioceses.” From Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord 6
7 Worthy GoalWorthy Goal ““A Culture ofA Culture of CompetenceCompetence”” (Not Certification)(Not Certification) Certification is not an “end” unto itself, but a means directed at the “end” of ensuring faithful, effective and fruitful ministry with God’s people.
The Alliance for Certification of Lay Ecclesial Ministers
Alliance = Common PurposeAlliance = Common Purpose A common approach for assessing competence for ministry for each of the following specialized ministries: Director of Worship (FDLC) Parish Life Coordinator (NALM) Pastoral Associate (NALM) Director of Music Ministries (NPM) Parish Catechetical Leader (NCCL) Youth Ministry Leader (NFCYM) Including Pastoral Juvenil Hispana DiocesanYouth Ministry Leader (NFCYM) Including Pastoral Juvenil Hispana 9
National CertificationNational Certification Standards & ProcessStandards & Process Three goals: 1. To give direction to the future of lay ministry, 2. To recognize and affirm those persons already in ministry, and 3. To promote faithful, competent, and accountable lay ecclesial ministry. 10
Who is a lay ecclesial minister?Who is a lay ecclesial minister? Authorization of the hierarchy to serve publicly in the local Church Leadership in a particular area of ministry Close mutual collaboration with the pastoral ministry of bishops, priests, and deacons Preparation and formation appropriate to the level of responsibilities that are assigned to them including; human, spiritual, pastoral, and theological dimensions 11 LEM
Evolution ofEvolution of CertificationCertification 12 3rd Decade: Movement into Certification 2010 Consultation 2011 Approval by Alliance members & USCCB/CCA 2012 Begin implementing certification 2nd Decade: Interorganizational Collaboration •1999 Common Competency Project •2003 National Certification Standards •2005 Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord •Alliance becomes official entity 1st Decade: Establishing Standards From 1990 on, national ministry organizations begin developing certification standards
Structure of Revised StandardsStructure of Revised Standards Alignment with Co-WorkersAlignment with Co-Workers 5 Standards (2003) Personal & Spiritual Maturity Lay Ecclesial Ministry Identity Catholic Theology Pastoral Praxis Professional Practice 13 4 Standards (2011)4 Standards (2011) (to align with 4 Pillars of(to align with 4 Pillars of Formation fromFormation from Co-Co- WorkersWorkers):): HumanHuman SpiritualSpiritual IntellectualIntellectual PastoralPastoral
Standard One Human: Lay ecclesial ministers demonstrate the qualities of human maturity needed for fruitful ministry with the people of God. Standard Two Spiritual: Sharing in the common priesthood of all the baptized, a lay ecclesial minister demonstrates Christian spirituality as foundational to ministry, integrated in service with the people of God, and possessing a sacramental view of the world that recognizes the world can be a vessel of God’s presence and God’s transforming grace. Standard Three Intellectual: A lay ecclesial minister demonstrates understanding of the breadth of Catholic theological and pastoral studies as well as the intellectual skill to use that knowledge in ministry with God’s people from diverse populations and cultures. Standard Four Pastoral: A lay ecclesial minister demonstrates a range of leadership and pastoral skills needed for functioning effectively in ministry.
CULTURAL DIVERSITYCULTURAL DIVERSITY WITHINTHE STANDARDSWITHINTHE STANDARDS Core competencies reflect realities and expectations of ministry in diversity of cultural communities Indicators include examples of inter-cultural competence from diverse cultural contexts and settings Specialized competencies and distinct portfolio requirements for Pastoral 16
What does it meanWhat does it mean to be nationally certified?to be nationally certified? ((and, what it doesn’t mean!and, what it doesn’t mean!))
18 Certification:Certification: The processThe process whereby a personwhereby a person demonstratesdemonstrates compliance withcompliance with standards forstandards for professionalprofessional competence.competence. AccreditationAccreditation The processThe process whereby a dulywhereby a duly constitutedconstituted accrediting bodyaccrediting body gives recognition togives recognition to education and /oreducation and /or serviceservice center/programscenter/programs which meetwhich meet establishedestablished standards.standards. Certificate:Certificate: A statement that aA statement that a program or courseprogram or course of studies hasof studies has been completedbeen completed throughthrough attendance,attendance, participation orparticipation or fulfillment offulfillment of requirements.requirements.
How does national certification affectHow does national certification affect my relationship with my Bishop?my relationship with my Bishop? Co-Workers in theVineyard of the Lord describes authorization as including: ◦ Acknowledgement of competence (certification) ◦ Appointment to position (commissioning) ◦ Announcement to the community 19
20 Why should IWhy should I get certified?get certified?
Why NationalWhy National Certification?Certification? “Lay persons who devote themselves permanently or temporarily to some special service of the Church are obliged to acquire the appropriate formation which is required to fulfill their function properly and to carry it out conscientiously, zealously, and diligently.” Code of Canon Law, Canon 231
Why National Certification?Why National Certification? Lay ecclesial ministers’ functions of collaboration with the ordained require of lay ecclesial ministers a special level of professional competence and presence to the community. . . . For these reasons, their roles often require academic preparation, certification, credentialing, and a formation that integrates personal, spiritual, intellectual, and pastoral dimensions.” Co-Workers in theVineyard of the Lord, p. 8
Benefits of National CertificationBenefits of National Certification IndividualIndividual DiocesanDiocesan NationalNational National credential &National credential & acknowledgementacknowledgement ofof competencecompetence Potential salary &Potential salary & hiring impacthiring impact Enhance confidenceEnhance confidence and credibilityand credibility Portable nationalPortable national credential endorsedcredential endorsed by USCCBby USCCB Easier, less costlyEasier, less costly option for offeringoption for offering certificationcertification Portable nationalPortable national credential can aidcredential can aid local hiringlocal hiring processesprocesses Tool for advocatingTool for advocating for lay ecclesialfor lay ecclesial ministersministers Together is betterTogether is better Establish nationalEstablish national standards ofstandards of excellenceexcellence Build credibility andBuild credibility and trust for LEMtrust for LEM Contribute to theContribute to the development of LEMdevelopment of LEM within the Churchwithin the Church 23
24 Are you certifiable?
National Certification ProcessNational Certification Process Application for admission to the process Preparation of materials Submission of Documentation for review and decision www.lemcertification.org
National Certification ProcessNational Certification Process Pre-RequisitesPre-Requisites 1.Education in a field related to one’s specialized ministry (e.g. bachelor’s degree or equivalent); 2.Minimum of 3 years full time (6 years part time) pastoral ministry experience in that specialized ministry
The Application PacketThe Application Packet Membership in Partner Organization Baptismal Certificate – long form (Evidence of full communion with the Church) Three References (one from supervising pastor or equivalent and two from colleagues) History of educational background Ministerial autobiography (3-5 pages) (Arch)Diocesan verification of satisfaction of child protection and criminal background requirements Signed and dated Code of Ethics Application fee ($95)
Application Review ProcessApplication Review Process 28
Preparation of MaterialsPreparation of Materials Candidates may be assigned an advisor who will assist with the development of the portfolio
Preparation of MaterialsPreparation of Materials • Candidates pay candidacy fee ($165) which allows them one year to submit portfolio (after one year, a $100 annual candidacy fee applies) • Additional fee ($50) applies if portfolio is submitted in paper format rather than electronically • Begin compiling portfolio…
Why is a portfolio being used for certification? What will a certification portfolio include? LEM
32 Types of Evidence within Certification Portfolio
Certification Portfolio: Documentation of Competence 1. Evidence of formal education and formation for ministry • Theological education • Specialized education and formation 2. Evidence of demonstrated competency in ministry in all four standards • Compile documentation • Create 1-3 page summary for each standard 3. Testimony / observational evidence • Pastor (or supervisor) • Peer or colleague • Subordinate (volunteer or staff) • For YML candidates, Diocesan Director 4. Self-assessment (form provided) including Ministerial Development Planning (form provided) 5. Integration Paper
Portfolio Requirement ComparisonPortfolio Requirement Comparison Evidence of Theological StudyEvidence of Theological Study PCLPCL DYMLDYML DYML/PJDYML/PJ HH YMLYML YML / PJHYML / PJH PreferablyPreferably MasterMaster’s’s degree;degree; equivalencyequivalency possiblepossible PreferablyPreferably MasterMaster’s degree;’s degree; equivalencyequivalency possiblepossible Total of 240 clock hoursTotal of 240 clock hours or 12 credits of theologicalor 12 credits of theological study in four (of 7) corestudy in four (of 7) core areas; Minimum 120 clockareas; Minimum 120 clock hours when applying withhours when applying with additional 120 clock hoursadditional 120 clock hours (remaining core areas)(remaining core areas) completed before 1completed before 1stst renewalrenewal 34
Portfolio Requirement ComparisonPortfolio Requirement Comparison Evidence of Specialized StudyEvidence of Specialized Study PCLPCL DYMLDYML YMLYML 120 Hours of120 Hours of training andtraining and formation information in catechesis,catechesis, RE, orRE, or formation. Anformation. An additional 90additional 90 hours byhours by recertification.recertification. Minimum 120Minimum 120 hours of YMhours of YM and/or PJHand/or PJH training &training & formationformation Minimum 90Minimum 90 hours of YMhours of YM and/or PJHand/or PJH training &training & formationformation PJH: Evidence of study, knowledgePJH: Evidence of study, knowledge and/or skills in: History of Hispanicand/or skills in: History of Hispanic ministry in US, USCCB documentsministry in US, USCCB documents on Hispanic ministry, etc.on Hispanic ministry, etc. 35
Portfolio Requirement ComparisonPortfolio Requirement Comparison Demonstration of CompetenceDemonstration of Competence PCLPCL DYML orDYML or DYML/PJHDYML/PJH YMLYML YML /YML / PJHPJH Evidence ofEvidence of successfulsuccessful leadership in aleadership in a catecheticalcatechetical context (e.g. jobcontext (e.g. job description,description, meeting outlines,meeting outlines, programprogram brochures.brochures. Overview of 3 monthOverview of 3 month period in ministry;period in ministry; evidence of twoevidence of two diocesan programs ordiocesan programs or projects, one for youth,projects, one for youth, one for adultsone for adults Overview ofOverview of 3 month3 month period inperiod in ministry;ministry; evidence ofevidence of twotwo programs orprograms or projects thatprojects that illustrateillustrate understandiunderstandi ng ofng of comprehenscomprehens ive youthive youth Overview of 3Overview of 3 month periodmonth period in ministry;in ministry; evidence ofevidence of two programstwo programs or projects,or projects, one forone for jóvenesjóvenes, one, one forfor jóvenesjóvenes lidereslideres Outline of sampleOutline of sample presentation thatpresentation that explains the vision andexplains the vision and implementation ofimplementation of Catholic youth ministryCatholic youth ministry and/or PJHand/or PJH 36
Integration Paper 11-15 pages that includes: • Description of a concrete problem or issue in ministry (1-2 pages) • Exposition of material from Scripture, Church teaching, theology, or other pertinent areas of study that address this problem/issue (5-6 pages) • Application of theological/intellectual insights and a resolution of the issue that reflects sound practice (3-4 pages) • Reflection on how one’s formation helped deal with the issue and challenge one to further growth (2-3 pages)
Submission and ReviewSubmission and Review of Documentationof Documentation PCRC=Partner Certification Review Committee (members from partner organization NCRC=National Certification Review Committee (consisting of the PCRC Chairs from each organization) AC=Alliance Commission (Consisting of the Executive Directors and Chair Certification Committee from each organization
Submission and ReviewSubmission and Review of Documentationof Documentation All portfolio materials are compiled and submitted online on a secure site. PCRC receives and reviews portfolio, and makes recommendation for approval based on Satisfactory documentation of competence relative to approved standards PCRC forwards portfolio to the NCRC for approval; after their review forward to AC AC renders final decision regarding certification in the name of the Alliance
Congrats you are nationally certified as andCongrats you are nationally certified as and LEM in your specific role!LEM in your specific role! 40 Certified LEM
To summarize…To summarize… 1. Applicant applies to the Alliance Membership Organization that is certifying the role for which you seek certification. 2. The portfolio is developed with an advisor’s assistance. 3. The portfolio is submitted to an organization’s PCRC. 4. Upon PCRC approval, the portfolio and the recommendation to approve are sent to the NCRC. 5. Upon NCRC approval, the recommendation to approve goes to the AC for final decision. 6. Upon AC decision the candidate becomes nationally certified in their role for 7 years and receives certificate noting this distinction
Our Shared Work...Our Shared Work... Building a “culture of competence” in lay ecclesial ministry by advocating for professional, competent, faithful ministry to the people of God! 42
What can you do to be a part of thisWhat can you do to be a part of this national movement towards anational movement towards a culture of competenceculture of competence?? Use the standards to develop curriculum for training and formation for volunteers. Use standards to articulate your ministerial role (job description, performance review, etc. ) Enter the certification process! Promote certification to others! 43
To learn more about and applyTo learn more about and apply for national certificationfor national certification ◦ Available for download from www.lemcertification.org Standards Indicators Details about the Certification Process ◦ Applications & portfolios to be submitted online through this web site ◦ Application deadline March 1st and October 1st 44
Once upon a time…..Once upon a time….. 45
What is one thing from thisWhat is one thing from this workshop that you want toworkshop that you want to share with your pastor orshare with your pastor or another lay ecclesial ministeranother lay ecclesial minister about national certification?about national certification?
47 Concluding PrayerConcluding Prayer by Joseph Cardinal Bernardinby Joseph Cardinal Bernardin O Lord of the harvest, work out your will in us, that we might prepare others to be laborers for your harvest. Transform us ever more completely into the image of your Son, that we might call others to ministry as He called, teach them as he taught, and form them as He did. We make this prayer in your most holy name. Amen.
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Presentation CreditsPresentation Credits The following persons or groups have contributed to this slide show in some way: Kathy Goller, Sean Reynolds and other members from the National Federation of CatholicYouth Ministry Commission. Sr.Angela Gannon, Mike McMahon, and Rita Thiron, members from the Alliance PCRC Training committee. Charlotte McCorquodale with Ministry Training Source who serves also as a member of the two above groups (Commission and Training Committee.) PLEASE DO NOT SHARE THIS PRESENTATION ELECTRONICALLY. 49
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