All the faithful are called in various ways to share in the mission of the Church. This call stems from our Baptism and grows in “an ecclesiology of communion which recognizes diversity in union and acknowledges the Spirit as the source of all the gifts which serve to build up Christ’s Body” (Coworkers in the Vineyard of the Lord, page 20).
Today, in parishes and dioceses, schools and institutions, and various roles and offices, laity serve Christ and his people. These roles do not require sacramental ordination, but rather are sustained by the grace of Baptism, Confirmation, and often, Matrimony (CWVL, page 9).
While pathways to ministry vary, all lay ministers must be well-suited for the important work that they do. Ideally, each minister is intellectually well-trained, is sensitive to pastoral realities, is well-grounded spiritually, and possesses human traits which enable their call to ministry. These traits – intellectual, pastoral, spiritual, and human—are often called the “four pillars of formation.”
WELCOME! We admire and applaud your pursuit of ministerial excellence. Please do not hesitate to reach out to the leadership of your particular organization for further details or assistance. We hope you will add your voice to the story and contribute to our culture of competence by seeking to be a certified LEM!