Ministry Formation


Equip for Ministry

Formation for Lay Ecclesial Ministers

The Church has always required proper preparation of those who exercise a ministry…lay persons who devote themselves permanently or temporarily to some special service of the Church are obliged to acquire the appropriate formation which is required to fulfill their function properly.”  Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord:  A Resource for Guiding the Development of Lay Ecclesial Ministry, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. p. 33.

Looking to continue your formation with a Masters degree in Theology, Religious Education or Church Ministry?

The Alliance for Certification of Lay Ecclesial Ministers seeks to affirm and promote lay ecclesial ministry in parishes and dioceses throughout the United States.  For more information about the certification standards and applying for certification, please click on the Alliance logo on the left.

There is funding available for those in parish ministry who want to get a Masters degree in ministry. Contact your BACM representative, or click on the Quick Link to the right to learn about the Pastoral Associate Formation Program.
All Lay Ecclesial Ministers are advised to join the National Professional organization for their field of ministry, as well as their local affiliated organization:

Area of Ministry National Organization Local Organization
Parish Catechetical Leaders National Conference of Catechetical Leaders (NCCL) Baltimore Association of Catechetical Ministers (BACM)
Youth Ministers National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) Association for Professional Youth Ministers (APYM)
Pastoral Associates National Association of Lay Ministers (NALM) Baltimore Pastoral Associates (BPA)
Liturgical Ministers Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions (FDLC)

National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM)

NPM Baltimore

For more information on any of these formational opportunities, please contact Julie St. Croix, Coordinator of Pastoral Leadership formation at, 410-547-5415.