Parish Catechetical Leaders can received national certification through a process approved by the Committee on Certification and Accreditation of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB/CCA). Download a one-page PDF flyer: LEM FlyerThe flyer lists four reasons one might consider national certification:
A half-page flyer is also available at Alliance Postcard. This two-sided card explains:
A video emphasizing the importance of national certification has been developed by NFCYM and can be viewed: *National Certifcation. *While this video highlights certification of youth ministers,the basic information is applicable to all lay ecclesial ministers that are certified by the Alliance.
In 1990, NFCYM received approval of their standards from the USCC Commission on Certification and Accreditation for the first parish-based lay ecclesial ministers, youth ministers.
The following year, 1991, NALM followed suit and received approval of standards for pastoral associates and parish life coordinators. In 1996, NCCL received approval of parish catechetical leaders’ standards. In 1999 NCCL , NALM, and NFCYM joined efforts to combine their standards for different fields within lay ecclesial ministry into the National Certification Standards for Lay Ecclesial Ministers, which was released in 2003. These combined standards were for parish catechetical leaders, pastoral associates and parish life coordinators. In 2005, NPM joined this effort and certification standards for directors of music ministries were added to the combined certification standards. NPM successfully sought approval that year from the USCCB CCA for its new standards and existing certification process. In the spring of 2009 FDLC also became a partner after opening its own file with USCCB/CCA.
These five organizations then partnered to form the Alliance (Alliance for the Certification of Lay Ecclesial Ministers). After revising the National Certification Standards for Lay Ecclesial Ministers, a process was developed to certify Lay Ecclesial Ministers. In October 2011, the Committee on Certification and Accreditation of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB/CCA) granted approval of the national certification standards and procedures for a period of seven years. For more information: http://www.lemcertification.org/
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Subcommittee on Certification for Ecclesial Ministry and Service (formerly the USCCB Commission on Certification and Accreditation) has approved the certification standards and procedures of the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership for Parish Catechetial Leaders through 2018. The USCCB Subcommittee national office is located at 3211 Fourth Street NE, Washington, DC 20017 (202-541-3154). For more information go to: www.usccb.org/certification
The Subcommittee on Certification for Ecclesial Ministry and Service assists the bishops in establishing, reviewing and approving certification standards and procedures to be used on a voluntary basis by arch/dioceses and national organizations in the certification of specialized ecclesial ministers. It also offers consultative services aimed at improving the quality of lay ministry formation programs that are sponsored by arch/dioceses and by academic institutions.
The USCCB Subcommittee only approves certification standards and procedures for arch/diocesan offices, national organizations of specialized ministers listed in The Official Catholic Directory, and national organizations sponsored by state Catholic Conferences. Arch/diocesan offices, national organizations of ecclesial ministers, and state Catholic Conferences with approved certification standards and procedures are listed in the USCCB Certification for Ecclesial Ministry and Service Directory.
This document was developed to encourage the use of the USCCB Leadership Institute as a resource for those working towards certification for approved roles. To access this tool, please go to Leadership Institute Sessions and Related Competencies.