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  • Kathy leads We all run the risk of overstating the importance of our work “ this is the most important thing to happen to the church since Pentecost!” That may be the case here, BUT This work truly has enormous ramifications for our field and our organization. The level of collaboration among national organizations is unprecedented.
  • Charlotte Open up a short audio discussion on why people said yes to being a PCRC member.
  • Charlotte Note future webinars cover the specifics of the application and the portfolio.
  • Alliance now has five members, adding FDLC in 2009 Five partner organizations are: NALM: National Association for Lay Ministry NCCL: National Conference of Catechetical Leaders NFCYM: National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry NPM: National Association of Pastoral Musicians FDLC: Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions
  • “ The ministry leaders who developed these standards and procedures did so to contribute to the continuing development and formation of men and women who serve the Catholic Church in the USA as lay ecclesial ministers….(and) a testament to a powerful shared commitment to well-prepared and fruitful lay ecclesial ministry. ” From the NATIONAL CERTIFICATION STANDARDS AND CERTIFICATION PROCEDURES FOR LAY ECCLESIAL MINISTERS (p. 3)
  • These goals imply our core values: Goal 1: In order to give direction, the work has to be relevant Relevance – practicality, usefulness Goal 2: Affirmation (not elitism) Accessibility – regardless of cultural background, geographic location, various starting points Respect for diversity – not only cultural diversity, but diversity of starting points, economic circumstances, etc. Goal 3: Accountability – self-imposed, we are doing this for ourselves We know that not every question has been answered yet . . . We haven ’t even thought of every question yet! But like a compass, these values and goals will continue to guide us as we move forward into uncharted territory. High expectations – help push us in the right direction.
  • 1 st decade – establishing ourselves as professional organizations 2 nd decade – orgs begin to come together. Common Competency Project - NFCYM, NCCL, NALM Those three then worked on common standards (2003) Added NPM in 2005 Partners became official “Alliance” Publication of Co-Workers in 2005 lent added credibility to common standards AND propelled us toward next revision 3 rd decade – move toward certification Natural outgrowth. We weren ’t ready to take on certification in 90s Standards are meant for action This is next natural step Charlotte What does this history tell us? Two things, first it is evolving. Accreditation and Certification Processes have that built into the system. Any organization with certification standards approved by the USCCB?CCA is required to have a review of their standards every 7 years. Why? Understanding that the context of the ministerial roles are changing as well which may require standards to change. Think about how different some aspects of ministry has changed in the past 20 years, before the internet, before all the downsizing, now multiple parish ministries is a reality for more and more LEMS. Plus our knowledge of the work has evolved. I had the privilege of serving as chair of the NFCYM’s certification committee writing our first set of standards in the late 80’s. our first set of standards were so unrealistic that we joke that Jesus would have had a hard time being certified. When I think back to those standards and now to the ones will will look at today the evolution is tremendous. Second it tells us that slowly, pastoral ministry organizations have come to value having standards for their ministry area and that working collaboratively makes the most sense, especially in a church that has a workforce of slashers, you know the type DRE/Youth Minister/Minister to the homebound, etc. The need for a common set of standards has been justified by the realities we are facing as a Church. Work has begun to include even more organizations and to make the Common Competencies for lay ecclesial ministers more comprehensive. Actually the history spans more than 20 years if we consider national ministry certifications, I feel like I am sharing with you a Paul Harvey moment, now for the rest of the story… In many ways this whole process stands on the shoulders of chaplaincy certifications (hospital, veterans, airport, etc. since the current USCCB/CCA board traces its root back to the Board of Examiners who originally accredited CPE programs and certified hospital chaplains. When I presented the NFCYM standards to the then USCC CCA they couldn't’ t understand why we wanted standards approved but didn't ’ t want to do use them for national certification. It was simple we weren't ready and it has taken us all of these twenty years to become ready, especially joining with the other national organizations to form the Alliance that has given birth to the work we will discuss in today ’ s webinar. Bob is going to share with us more of the recent history of this work and about the alliance that has formed to share in the vision and work of national certification.
  • Charlotte The structure of the national standards is that they move from broad and general to more and more specific and measurable. The first part of the common standards apply to all lay ecclesial ministers serving in these roles followed by specialized competencies and indicators that are role specific. This structure was true for both the current set of standards and the revised set with the addition of the indicators in this newest version. Briefly highlight the major aspects of the revision of the standards. Core standards and competencies page 19 Specialized competencies on page 24 Indicators on page 58
  • Charlotte
  • Charlotte Demonstration of competence
  • Make the point that certification is not a certificate. National certification is different than a national certificate (education) program. This does not take the place of your formation program. This builds on training and gives a lay ecclesial minister a chance to show how they can take what they learn in formation and training programs and actually USE it in ministry – certification is about demonstrating competence. And only PROGRAMS get accredited!
  • Note: Dioceses without certification may use/honor national certification as they wish. National certification does not automatically qualify a person for ministry in every diocese in the country. Local ordinary is responsible for AUTHORIZATION which may include a certification process. Authority of the local ordinary/diocese supersedes Alliance (national certification exists to serve them)
  • Why certification? Canon Law calls us to appropriate formation . . . How do we know if someone is appropriately formed?
  • Co-Workers provides more support.
  • Individual: Salary: don ’t laugh – while perhaps not immediately, over time certification can likely have a positive impact on salaries For diocesan leaders, a reason for US to be certified is our own credibility with our local ministers. Diocesan: Save time and money: Developing own certification procedures requires major investment of resources and high degree of interdepartmental collaboration Using national process saves an office loads of time, money and headaches Having a certification process available and used by your people can help you advocate for your people, the need for qualified, competent people, for salaries, for continuing education budgets, etc. *Liability – does this open us up to increased liability? Risk management experts believe this actually protects a diocese more. Shows that diocese does due diligence. *National certification is meant to be a help and service to a diocese – not to supersede diocesan policies. National: Creating a national credential will build credibility and trust for lay ecclesial ministry Contribute to dev ’t of LEM: Bishops are counting on us to do this – we are the only ones who can
  • Pre-requisites to qualify: Education in a field related to your specialization (eg. Bachelor ’s degree or equivalent) Minimum of 3 years full time or 6 years part time pastoral ministry experience in your specialized ministry (ie. youth ministry)
  • The application includes: References (supervisor and two colleagues) Ministerial autobiography Other standard information: Evidence of full communion Education/formation history Evidence of ministry experience Evidence of clean criminal background Application fee
  • Assuming the applicant is approved, he/she becomes a candidate for certification. Step 2 is the heart of the matter – preparing the materials. (notice we stress that it ’s a certification process – the process is the most important part. You will be assisted by an advisor – never swim alone! Upon acceptance as a candidate, you will conduct a self-assessment to determine your strengths, qualifications, challenges and weaknesses in relation to the certification standards. The self-assessment also includes a checklist of elements to be included in the certification portfolio to determine which have been completed and which remain to be fulfilled. If appropriate, the candidate then draws up a plan for completion of all components in the certification portfolio. Portfolios basically consist of: Testimony (from self and others) Evidence of successful academic study Demonstration of ability Integration paper 1. Cover letter – same for all 2. All initial application materials – same for all 3. Written assessments – similar for all (candidate, supervisor, peer, subordinate, sometimes diocesan director) 4. Evidence of theological study 5. Evidence of specialized study 6. Demonstration of competence 7. Integration paper – same for all Requirements vary for each partner
  • Assuming the applicant is approved, he/she becomes a candidate for certification. Step 2 is the heart of the matter – preparing the materials. (notice we stress that it ’s a certification process – the process is the most important part. You will be assisted by an advisor – never swim alone! Upon acceptance as a candidate, you will conduct a self-assessment to determine your strengths, qualifications, challenges and weaknesses in relation to the certification standards. The self-assessment also includes a checklist of elements to be included in the certification portfolio to determine which have been completed and which remain to be fulfilled. If appropriate, the candidate then draws up a plan for completion of all components in the certification portfolio. Portfolios basically consist of: Testimony (from self and others) Evidence of successful academic study Demonstration of ability Integration paper 1. Cover letter – same for all 2. All initial application materials – same for all 3. Written assessments – similar for all (candidate, supervisor, peer, subordinate, sometimes diocesan director) 4. Evidence of theological study 5. Evidence of specialized study 6. Demonstration of competence 7. Integration paper – same for all Requirements vary for each partner
  • Why portfolio? Because competence can be demonstrated in so many different ways Like an artist ’s portfolio, it shows the breadth and depth of a person’s ministry All online, website is currently under construction. The certification portfolio is a collection of documents assembled by the candidate that provides various types of evidence of one’s competence for a particular lay ecclesial ministry. Based on the National Certification Standards for Lay Ecclesial Ministers, the portfolio includes several different ways by which the candidate can demonstrate his or her competence, including:   testimony , in the form of assessments provided by the candidate, a supervisor, a peer in ministry, and a subordinate; evidence of successful academic study in theology, pastoral ministry, and other fields appropriate to each ministry, or other methods (equivalencies) that manifest competence in these areas of study; demonstration of ability in one’s own particular ministerial specialization, such as a project, program description, or recital; integration paper that shows the candidate’s ability to approach ministry in a way that includes one’s personal, spiritual, intellectual, pastoral, and specialized competencies.   The task group developed a portfolio structure that includes a number of common elements. Within that common structure, each organization has also specified elements particular to individual ministries. For example, while specifying the number of hours of course work expected in theology, pastoral ministry, and other areas of intellectual formation, each organization has also provided for equivalencies—various ways that intellectual competence may be demonstrated.
  • Assuming the applicant is approved, he/she becomes a candidate for certification. Step 2 is the heart of the matter – preparing the materials. (notice we stress that it ’s a certification process – the process is the most important part. You will be assisted by an advisor – never swim alone! Upon acceptance as a candidate, you will conduct a self-assessment to determine your strengths, qualifications, challenges and weaknesses in relation to the certification standards. The self-assessment also includes a checklist of elements to be included in the certification portfolio to determine which have been completed and which remain to be fulfilled. If appropriate, the candidate then draws up a plan for completion of all components in the certification portfolio. Portfolios basically consist of: Testimony (from self and others) Evidence of successful academic study Demonstration of ability Integration paper 1. Cover letter – same for all 2. All initial application materials – same for all 3. Written assessments – similar for all (candidate, supervisor, peer, subordinate, sometimes diocesan director) 4. Evidence of theological study 5. Evidence of specialized study 6. Demonstration of competence 7. Integration paper – same for all Requirements vary for each partner
  • Study must be in at least four of the core disciplines equivalencies: examination, research paper, lecture, demonstration or other method approved
  • For certification as a Lay Ecclesial Minister serving as a Youth Ministry Leader, including Pastoral Juvenil Hispana, Must show Evidence of study, knowledge and/or skills in history of Hispanic ministry, USCCB documents on Hispanic ministry, Hispanic leadership and cultural competency, and formation-in-action processes where principles of PJH are applied.
  • Assuming the applicant is approved, he/she becomes a candidate for certification. Step 2 is the heart of the matter – preparing the materials. (notice we stress that it ’s a certification process – the process is the most important part. You will be assisted by an advisor – never swim alone! Upon acceptance as a candidate, you will conduct a self-assessment to determine your strengths, qualifications, challenges and weaknesses in relation to the certification standards. The self-assessment also includes a checklist of elements to be included in the certification portfolio to determine which have been completed and which remain to be fulfilled. If appropriate, the candidate then draws up a plan for completion of all components in the certification portfolio. Portfolios basically consist of: Testimony (from self and others) Evidence of successful academic study Demonstration of ability Integration paper 1. Cover letter – same for all 2. All initial application materials – same for all 3. Written assessments – similar for all (candidate, supervisor, peer, subordinate, sometimes diocesan director) 4. Evidence of theological study 5. Evidence of specialized study 6. Demonstration of competence 7. Integration paper – same for all Requirements vary for each partner
  • Since certification is granted by the Alliance, there are three levels of approval. There is an appeals process for applications that are denied certification. Certification is granted for 7 years, then there is a renewal process.
  • Since certification is granted by the Alliance, there are three levels of approval. There is an appeals process for applications that are denied certification. Certification is granted for 7 years, then there is a renewal process.
  • Charlotte & Sean
  • As you look at the little children on the tree, which one represents your perspective on national certification?
  • Transcript

    • 1. 1 National Certification Standards & National Certification Process for Lay Ecclesial MinistersThe Alliance for the Certificationof Lay Ecclesial Ministerswww.lemcertification.orgPresented byDr. Charlotte McCorquodaleMinistry Training Source
    • 2. Where are you from and what type of ministry do you do on behalf of the Church?Why is this topic of interest to you as a LEM? What is one thing you hope we discuss?
    • 3. CERTIFICATION VIDEO 3
    • 4. .What questions do you have about being Nationally certified?
    • 5. Purpose of Today’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.Answer questions about national certification.
    • 6. The Alliance forCertification of Lay Ecclesial Ministers
    • 7. 7 Worthy Goal “A Culture of Competence” (Not Certification)Certification is not an “end” unto itself, but a means directed at the “end” ofensuring faithful, effective and fruitful ministry with God’s people.
    • 8. 8 Alliance = Common PurposeA common approach for assessingcompetence for ministry for each ofthe 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 Diocesan Youth Ministry Leader (NFCYM) Including Pastoral Juvenil Hispana
    • 9. 9 National Certification Standards & Process Three goals:1. To give direction to the future of lay ministry,2. To recognize and affirm those persons already in ministry, and3. To promote faithful, competent, and accountable lay ecclesial ministry.
    • 10. 102nd Decade:InterorganizationalCollaboration Evolution of 1st Decade: Establishing•1999 Common Certification StandardsCompetency Project From 1990 on,•2003 National national ministryCertification Standards organizations begin•2005 Co-Workers in developingthe Vineyard of the certificationLord standards•Alliance becomesofficial entity 3rd Decade: Movement into Certification 2010 Consultation 2011 Approval by Alliance members & USCCB/CCA 2012 Begin implementing certification
    • 11. 11Structure of Revised Standards Alignment with Co-Workers 5 Standards 4 Standards (2011) (2003) (to align with 4 Pillars of Personal & Spiritual Formation from Co- Maturity Workers): Lay Ecclesial Human Ministry Identity Catholic Theology Spiritual Pastoral Praxis Intellectual Professional Pastoral Practice
    • 12. 13 CULTURAL DIVERSITY WITHIN THE STANDARDSCore competencies reflect realities and expectations of ministry in diversity of cultural communitiesIndicators include examples of competence from diverse cultural contexts and settingsSpecialized competencies and distinct portfolio requirements for Pastoral Juvenil Hispana
    • 13. Standard One Human: Standard Two Spiritual:Lay ecclesial ministers demonstrate Sharing in the common the qualities of human maturity priesthood of all the needed for fruitful ministry with baptized, a lay ecclesial the people of God. minister demonstrates Christian spirituality asStandard Three Intellectual: foundational to ministry, A lay ecclesial minister integrated in service with the demonstrates understanding of people of God, and the breadth of Catholic possessing a sacramental theological and pastoral studies view of the world thatas well as the intellectual skill to recognizes the world can be use that knowledge in ministry a vessel of God’s presence with God’s people from diverse populations and cultures. and God’s transforming grace. Standard Four Pastoral: A lay ecclesial minister demonstrates a range of leadership and pastoral skills needed for functioning effectively in ministry.
    • 14. What does it mean to be nationally certified?(and, what it doesn’t mean!) 
    • 15. 16Certification: Accreditation Certificate:The process The process A statement that awhereby a person whereby a duly program or coursedemonstrates constituted of studies hascompliance with accrediting body been completedstandards for gives recognition to throughprofessional education and /or attendance,competence. service participation or center/programs fulfillment of which meet requirements. established standards.
    • 16. 17 How does this affect my relationship with my Bishop?Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord describesauthorization as including: ◦ Acknowledgement of competence )certification) ◦ Appointment to position (commissioning) ◦ Announcement to the community
    • 17. Why should Iget certified? 18
    • 18. Why National Certification? “Lay persons who devote themselves permanently or temporarily to some specialservice of the Church are obliged to acquire the appropriate formation which is required tofulfill their function properly and to carry it out conscientiously, zealously, and diligently.” Code of Canon Law, Canon 231
    • 19. Why National Certification? Lay ecclesial ministers’ functions ofcollaboration 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 the Vineyard of the Lord, p. 8
    • 20. 21 Benefits of National Certification Individual Diocesan NationalNational credential & Easier, less costly Together is betteracknowledgement of option for offering Establish nationalcompetence certification standards ofPotential salary & Portable national excellencehiring impact credential can aid Build credibility and local hiring trust for LEMEnhance confidence processesand credibility Contribute to the Tool for advocating development of LEMPortable national for lay ecclesial within the Churchcredential endorsed ministersby USCCB
    • 21. Are youcertifiable? 22
    • 22. National Certification Process Application for admission to the process Preparation of materials Submission of Documentation for review and decision
    • 23. National Certification Process Pre-Requisites1. 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
    • 24. The Application Packet Membership in Partner Organization (for NFCYM, NACYML membership is required; NACYML offering discount for new members applying for certification) 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)
    • 25. Application Review Process 26
    • 26. Preparation of MaterialsCandidates may be assigned an advisor who will assist with the development of the portfolio
    • 27. Preparation 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…
    • 28. Why is a portfolioLEM being used for certification? What will a certification portfolio include?
    • 29. Types of Evidence withinCertification Portfolio 30
    • 30. Certification Portfolio: Documentation of Competence1. Evidence of formal 3. Testimony / education and formation for observational evidence ministry • Pastor (or supervisor) • Theological education • Peer or colleague • Specialized education • Subordinate (volunteer and formation or staff)2. Evidence of demonstrated • For YML candidates, competency in ministry in all Diocesan Director four standards 4. Self-assessment (form • Compile documentation provided) including • Create 1-3 page Ministerial Development summary for each Planning (form provided) standard 5. Integration Paper
    • 31. 32 Portfolio Requirement Comparison Evidence of Theological Study PCL DYML DYML/PJ YML YML / PJH HPreferably Preferably Total of 240 clock hoursMaster’s Master’s degree; or 12 credits of theologicaldegree; equivalency study in four (of 7) coreequivalency possible areas; Minimum 120 clockpossible hours when applying with additional 120 clock hours (remaining core areas) completed before 1st renewal
    • 32. 33 Portfolio Requirement Comparison Evidence of Specialized Study PCL DYML YML120 Hours of Minimum 120 Minimum 90training and hours of YM hours of YMformation in and/or PJH and/or PJHcatechesis, training & training &RE, or formation formationformation. An PJH: Evidence of study, knowledgeadditional 90 and/or skills in: History of Hispanichours by ministry in US, USCCB documentsrecertification. on Hispanic ministry, etc.
    • 33. 34 Portfolio Requirement Comparison Demonstration of Competence PCL DYML or YML YML / DYML/PJH PJHEvidence of Overview of 3 month Overview of Overview of 3successful period in ministry; 3 month month periodleadership in a evidence of two period in in ministry;catechetical diocesan programs or ministry; evidence ofcontext (e.g. job projects, one for youth, evidence of two programsdescription, one for adults two or projects,meeting outlines, Outline of sample programs or one forprogram presentation that projects that jóvenes, onebrochures. explains the vision and illustrate for jóvenes implementation of understandi lideres Catholic youth ministry ng of and/or PJH comprehens ive youth
    • 34. 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)
    • 35. Submission and Review of 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
    • 36. Submission and Review of 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
    • 37. Congrats you are nationally certified as and LEM in your specific role! Certified LEM 38
    • 38. 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
    • 39. Our Shared Work... Building a “culture of competence” in lay ecclesial ministry by advocating forprofessional, competent, faithful ministry to the people of God! 40
    • 40. What can you do to be a part of this national movement towards a culture 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! 41
    • 41. 42 To learn more about and apply for national certificationwww.lemcertification.org ◦ Available for download:  Standards  Indicators  Details about the Certification Process ◦ Applications & portfolios to be submitted online through this web site ◦ Application deadline May 1st and October 1st
    • 42. Find me on the web: www.ministrytrainingsource.orgcharlotte@ministrytrainingsource.org What is one thing from this workshop that you want to share with your pastor or another lay ecclesial minister about national certification?
    • 43. Once upon a time….. 44
    • 44. Concluding Prayer by Joseph Cardinal BernardinO 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. 45
    • 45. 46Thanks for participating in this workshop!
    • 46. Presentation CreditsThe following persons or groups have contributed tothis slide show in some way:Kathy Goller, Sean Reynolds and other members fromthe National Federation of Catholic Youth MinistryCommission.Sr. Angela Gannon, Mike McMahon, and Rita Thiron,members from the Alliance PCRC Training committee.Charlotte McCorquodale with Ministry TrainingSource who serves also as a member of the two abovegroups (Commission and Training Committee.) PLEASE DO NOT SHARE THIS PRESENTATION ELECTRONICALLY. 47