We resource bishops, regional and state conferences of bishops, diocesan programs, and professional ministry associations and organizations across the country. We support their efforts to train those who minister in the name of the Church.
- We review and approve certification standards, competencies, and procedures, primarily for specialized ministry leadership roles in the Church for lay ecclesial ministers, but also for some priests and deacons.
- We promote these standards and other ministry formation resources, so that bishops, diocesan programs, and organizations we work with are aware of them, use them, and also promote them.
- We consult on best practice resources and the promotion of lay ecclesial ministry formation and certification, especially with diocesan and academic programs which provide comprehensive ministry formation.
Learn more about the mandate and work of our subcommittee.
Certifications Offered by Approved Diocesan Programs & Ministry Organizations
For diocesan, parish-based, and Catholic school roles
Parish Life Coordinator • Parish Business Manager • Adult Faith Formation • Catechetical Leaders • Charity & Justice Coordinator • Parish Director of Evangelization • Director of Music Ministries • Director of Worship (Diocesan & Parish)• Youth Ministry Leaders / Pastoral juvenil hispana (Diocesan & Parish) • High School Campus Minister • Pastoral Associate (various ministry leaders) ... and more!
For colleges/universities, hospitals / health care, prisons & detention centers and other groups
College Campus Minister • Board-Certified Catholic Chaplaincy • Pastoral Care for Persons who are Sick, Elderly or in need of Home Care (in development)• Pastoral Care in Prison, Jail, Detention Ministries & related groups(in development)• Board-Certified Veterans Chaplains
Learn more about the approvals we offer for certification standards.
Are you seeking ministry certification? Find out more here.