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La congress workshop certification 2013

  1. 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. 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. 3. CERTIFICATION VIDEO 3
  4. 4. .What questions do you have about being Nationally certified?
  5. 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. 6. The Alliance forCertification of Lay Ecclesial Ministers
  7. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 14. What does it mean to be nationally certified?(and, what it doesn’t mean!) 
  15. 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. 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. 17. Why should Iget certified? 18
  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. 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. 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. 21. Are youcertifiable? 22
  22. 22. National Certification Process Application for admission to the process Preparation of materials Submission of Documentation for review and decision
  23. 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. 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. 25. Application Review Process 26
  26. 26. Preparation of MaterialsCandidates may be assigned an advisor who will assist with the development of the portfolio
  27. 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. 28. Why is a portfolioLEM being used for certification? What will a certification portfolio include?
  29. 29. Types of Evidence withinCertification Portfolio 30
  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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 37. Congrats you are nationally certified as and LEM in your specific role! Certified LEM 38
  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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 43. Once upon a time….. 44
  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. 45. 46Thanks for participating in this workshop!
  46. 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

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