Ministry Formation

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Consider applying as an Emerging Leader or Mentor at MAC:

The Church calls us to submerge, before we emerge.  Emerging Catholic Leaders are those who, having been plunged into the mystery of Jesus, are rising up and answering the call to be leaders in faith, worship and witness.  They are living out their baptismal call to holiness and inviting others to do the same as they seek to serve in a public church ministry with the authorization of the hierarchy of the Church.


Emerging Catholic Leaders lead in a world that Pope Francis says, “stands in great need of witnesses, not so much of teachers but rather of witnesses.  It’s not so much about speaking, but rather speaking with our whole lives:  consistency means living Christianity as an encounter with Jesus that brings me to others.”


The MAC considers those who are in the process of being formed in ministry for less than three years to be Emerging Catholic Leaders.  As they embrace the Church’s mission and serve as agents of the New Evangelization in a new Pentecost, in their commitments to Christ and inspire others to do the same as they fuse ancient tradition with new methods of evangelization.
Our Emerging Catholic Leaders will not flourish without the guidance of a skilled mentor.  This is someone who is willing to say “imitate me as I imitate Christ.”  Those called to our mentor program are disciples as well as teachers who embark on spiritual accompaniment of new leaders in the Church.  These mentors will companion new leaders in their dioceses sharing their wisdom and experiences.


Application to be an Emerging Leader at MAC 2017

Application to be a Mentor at MAC 2017


Application Deadline is December 18th, 2016


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.