“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 PROCEDURESFOR LAY ECCLESIAL MINISTERS (p. 3)
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Why portfolio? Because competence can be demonstrated in so many different waysLike an artist’s portfolio, it shows the breadth and depth of a person’s ministryAll 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.
CharlotteThe 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 19Specialized competencies on page 24Indicators on page 58
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Part Two: NALM Formation Director’sInstituteCharlotte McCorquodale, PhDMinistry Training SourceCertification:A Process of DemonstratingCompetence
Worthy Goal“A Culture of Competence”(Not Certification)Certification is not an“end” unto itself, but ameans directed at the“end” of ensuringfaithful, effective andfruitful ministry withGod’s people.2
Evolution of NationalStandards &Certification33rd Decade:Movement intoCertification2010 Consultation2011 Approval byAlliance members &USCCB/CCA2012 Begin implementingcertification2nd Decade:InterorganizationalCollaboration•1999 CommonCompetency Project•2003 NationalCertification Standards•2005 Co-Workers inthe Vineyard of theLord•Alliance becomesofficial entity1st Decade:EstablishingStandardsFrom 1990on, nationalministryorganizations begindevelopingcertificationstandards
What is the relationship betweenformation and certification?
Goal of Co-Workers“…[Co-Workers] invites localadaptation, application, andimplementation to achieveconsistency where possible and toencourage diversity whereappropriate.It calls Church leaders, ordainedand lay, to become more intentionaland effective in ordering andintegrating lay ecclesial ministerswithin the ministerial life andstructures of our dioceses.”(Co-Workers, pg. 6).
A Movement TowardsExcellence, Exploring The NationalCertification Standards and Process forLay Ecclesial Ministry6
“Lay ecclesial ministers, justlike the ordained, need anddeserve formation of highstandards, effectivemethods, and comprehensivegoals.”(Co-Workers, p. 33)
NATIONAL CERTIFICATION PROCESSApplication for admission to the processand decision regarding acceptance ascandidatePreparation of materials by candidateSubmission of documentation for reviewand decision regarding certification
What does it mean to be certified?(and, what it doesn’t mean!)
12Certification:The processwhereby a persondemonstratescompliance withstandards forprofessionalcompetence.AccreditationThe processwhereby a dulyconstitutedaccrediting bodygives recognition toeducation and /orservicecenter/programswhich meetestablishedstandards.Certificate:A statement that aprogram or courseof studies has beencompleted throughattendance,participation orfulfillment ofrequirements.
Benefits of National CertificationIndividual Diocesan NationalNational credential &acknowledgement ofcompetencePotential salary &hiring impactEnhance confidenceand credibilityPortable nationalcredential endorsedby USCCBEasier, less costlyoption for offeringcertificationPortable nationalcredential can aidlocal hiring processesTool for advocatingfor lay ecclesialministersTogether is betterEstablish nationalstandards ofexcellenceBuild credibility andtrust for LEMContribute to thedevelopment of LEMwithin the Church15
Demonstration of Competence:National Certification StandardsA portfolio provides evidence of competencefor ministry based on the National CertificationStandardsHumanSpiritualIntellectualPastoralSpecialized
Certification Portfolio:Documentation of Competence1. Evidence of formaleducation and formation forministry• Theological education• Specialized educationand formation2. Evidence of demonstratedcompetency in ministry inall four standards• Compile documentation• Create 1-3 pagesummary for eachstandard3. Testimony /observational evidence• Pastor (or supervisor)• Peer or colleague• Subordinate(volunteer or staff)• For YMLcandidates, DiocesanDirector4. Self-assessment (formprovided) includingMinisterial DevelopmentPlanning (form provided)5. Integration Paper
The million dollar question…“Does this count?”
What types of documentation are included inthe portfolio?See Process and Procedures document, pp. 18-19 Part One: Title Sheet, Checklist, CoverLetter, and Initial Application Materials Part Two: Documentation of CompetenceRelative to the National Certification Standards Self-assessment Evidence of demonstrated competence in ministry Evidence of formal education and formation forministry Testimony / observational evidence Part Three: Integration Paper
Candidate: Evidence of Formal Education andEducation for MinistrySee Process and Proceduresdocument, pp. 10 - 13 Theological Education:requirements, evidence Specialized Education andFormation: requirements, evidence Documentation Equivalency
Self-Assessment Form• People don’t know what they don’tknow.• What is the purpose of the self-assessment form in certification?• How can it be used in a ministryformation program?• How do you evaluate a self-
Candidate: Self-Assessment All National Certification Standards andCompetencies Included Structure: Evidence, rating, comment Summary reflections and conclusions foreach standard Follow-up: Ministerial DevelopmentPlanning Worksheet
Candidate: Testimony,Observational EvidenceSee Process and Procedures document, p. 22.See template in Master Document, Section 3.8 Pastor (or equivalent) or other supervisorapproved by PCRC Peer or colleague in ministry Subordinate (volunteer or staff For each standard: affirm, affirm withreservations, cannot affirm Summary assessment and overallrecommendations
Integration Paper 11-15 pages that includes:• Description of a concrete problem or issue inministry (1-2 pages)• Exposition of material from Scripture, Churchteaching, theology, or other pertinent areas ofstudy that address this problem/issue (5-6 pages)• Application of theological/intellectual insights anda resolution of the issue that reflects soundpractice(3-4 pages)• Reflection on how one’s formation helped dealwith the issue and challenge one to further growth(2-3 pages)
Let’s look at an example ofhow to integrate portfolioitems into ministry formationassessments.
Preparation of MaterialsCandidates may be assigned an advisor who will assist withthe development of the portfolio
Some A’s to ConsiderRegardingCertification PortfoliosApplication informationAssembling a portfolioAssessing portfolios byPCRCAsking the right questions
Joe Perdreauville, NFCYM PCRCChairSr. Carol Walter, NALM PCRCChairFrontline of National Certification:Perspectives from the the PCRCChair
Small Group WorkAfter all of what you have heard howcan you better integrate and supportnational certification of LEMs in yourministry formation efforts?
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