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in·di·ca·tor/ˈindəˌkādər/
noun: indicator; plural noun: indicators
  1. 1. a thing, especially a trend or fact, that indicates the state or level of something.
    synonyms: measure,gauge,barometer,index,mark,sign,signal;More
     
     
     
  2. 2. a gauge or meter of a specified kind.
  3.  
    Indicator-A behavior, activity, project, or program that demonstrates competence.
  4. The list below are examples of indicators; the types of evidence you will upload to your portfolio to demonstrate your competence.
  5. These indicators were developed by the same task group that developed the revised National Certification Standards. They are placed here in an appendix because they are neither hereby submitted for approval, nor are they to be understood as requirements that need to be met
    by those applying for certification. They are intended as supplementary material to assist those applying for certification and those reviewing such applications to see a few possible examples of the kind of behaviors that could demonstrate that an applicant possesses the competency in question. The task group developed these indicators so as to take into account a broad cultural diversity among lay ecclesial ministers serving in culturally varied ministerial settings.

    The indicators are organized according to the categories of the four standards and so are introduced here by the titles and vision statements thereof: Human, Spiritual, Intellectual, and Pastoral.

    Standard One: Human
    Lay ecclesial ministers demonstrate the qualities of human maturity needed for fruitful ministry with the people of God.

    Vision Statement
    Lay ecclesial ministers, as all ecclesial ministers, develop their human character and relational abilities so that they can be “a bridge and not an obstacle” for people in their encounter with Jesus Christ. * This development entails the twofold dynamic of strengthening positive traits that foster ministerial effectiveness and lessening negative traits that hinder it. Accordingly, lay ecclesial ministers strive to deepen their knowledge of self and others, grow from experiences of suffering and challenge, maintain a balanced lifestyle and positive relationships, appreciate and value diversity, and demonstrate basic human virtues. Cultivating such traits and skills within a Christ-centered community contributes to the development of “a healthy and well-balanced personality, for the sake of both personal growth and ministerial service” (Co-Workers, p. 36).

    * Pope John Paul II, Pastores Dabo Vobis: I Will Give You Shepherds (1992), 43.

    Standard One: Possible Indicators for Each Competency


    A lay ecclesial minister will:

    1.1 Appreciate and affirm the dignity of each human person and demonstrate openness and willingness to encounter the personal values of diverse cultures, races, and socioeconomic groups.

    Indicators include but are not limited to:
    a. Study the sources and implications of the first principle of Catholic social teaching—the life and dignity of the human person—and seek to shape one’s ministerial goals and relationships in light of this teaching.
    b.   Demonstrate a fundamentally positive regard for self and for others in their personal and cultural characteristics and consistently manifest this regard in ministerial relationships, treating others with respect and courtesy.
    c. Exhibit an understanding that “cultural diversity” can mean culture in various dimensions: the culture of different ethnic or national communities and races, of different age cohorts, of different life circumstances (e.g., the differing cultures
    of urban, suburban, or rural life), of different socio-economic levels, etc.
    d.   Identify effective practices for the inculturation of the Gospel in the cultures present in the ecclesial setting (parish, school, diocese, campus, etc.).
    e. Take steps to acquire the cultural competence necessary to serve cultural groups other than one's own effectively, especially those present in one's ministerial context.
    f. Demonstrate such virtues as honesty and responsibility, generosity and compassion, humility, patience, a passion for justice, and a spirit of service.

    1.2 Identify personal gifts and limitations through self-reflection, personal prayer, collaboration with others, peer feedback, supervisory assessment processes, and/or spiritual companioning.

    Indicators include but are not limited to:
    a. Demonstrate a contemplative, self-reflective attitude, engaging in practices of discernment (e.g., daily examen, spiritual direction or companionship, personal and communal theological reflection).
    b.   Seek the advice and counsel of others and use appropriate self-assessment instruments for the sake of a better understanding of one’s strengths and weaknesses.
    c. Show a willingness to act on such counsel and take appropriate measures to cultivate gifts and strengths and address limitations.
    d.   Learn about the characteristics, strengths, and limitations of one’s own culture. e. Assess one’s knowledge and appreciation of cultures other than one's own.
    f. Evaluate one’s intercultural communication skills.
    g.   Create and use and periodically evaluate and modify a personal spiritual growth plan.

    1.3 Engage in continuing lifelong formation through programs or practices of on-going ministerial development and personal growth.

    Indicators include but are not limited to:
    a. Participate in ministry formation opportunities.
    b.   Develop one’s knowledge and appreciation of cultures other than one’s own. c. Engage in activities to improve one’s intercultural communication skills.
    d.   Be a member of and take part in the formational offerings of one’s local and national ministry associations.
    e. Keep up to date with the current literature in one’s field—e.g., books, journals, Church documents, and other resources that address the human, spiritual, theological, or pastoral dimensions of ministry.
    f. Pursue interests (artistic/cultural, educational, hobbies, crafts, sports, etc.)
    outside the ministerial workplace.

    1.4 Recognize both the reality of sin with its personal and social consequences and the power of forgiveness and reconciliation to heal persons and relationships.

    Indicators include but are not limited to:
    a. Understand and explain the place of personal moral responsibility in human affairs. (“Without the knowledge Revelation gives of God we cannot recognize sin clearly and are tempted to explain it as merely a developmental flaw, a psychological weakness, a mistake, or the necessary consequence of an inadequate social structure, etc.” Catechism of the Catholic Church, 387.)
    b.   Recognize structures of sin and illustrate the way social sin is rooted in personal choices and acts.
    c. Learn about various kinds of racism and other forms of discrimination against persons or groups.
    d.   Understand and explain the role of forgiveness in the life and ministry of Jesus and in the sacramental life and social and moral teachings of the Church.
    e. Affirm the power of forgiveness to transform the hearts of those who sin and of those sinned against.
    f. Understand and promote restorative justice.

    1.5 Recognize the importance of self-care by maintaining a healthy lifestyle and a reasonable balance among the legitimate claims of family, community, personal relationships, and ministry. (The blue statement describes and qualifies self-care.)

    Indicators include but are not limited to:
    a. Attend to one’s physical and mental health through sound practices of wellness such as sufficient sleep and exercise, well-balanced diet, appropriate time off, and counseling when helpful.
    b.   Practice effective time management, systematically making time for all four
    “claims” (family, community, personal relationships, and ministry).
    c. Cultivate a network of supportive relationships (a support system, a circle of friends).

    1.6 Manifest “psychological health, marked by integrity, appropriate interpersonal boundaries, and the ability to honor and safeguard the trust that people place in them as Church ministers” (Co-Workers, p. 36).

    Indicators include but are not limited to:
    a. Demonstrate psychological maturity regarding sexuality and exercise the virtue of chastity in relationships with others.
    b.   Relate well with persons of diverse personality types and temperaments.
    c.   Show a capacity to honor commitments and fulfill responsibilities.
    d.   Engage in ministry to serve Christ and his people more than to satisfy personal psychological needs.

    1.7 Understand the responsibility of the power inherent in positions of pastoral leadership and be diligent in the responsible exercise of such power regarding, for example, sexuality, confidentiality, fiduciary responsibility, supervision of others, and decision making.

    Indicators include but are not limited to:

    a. Cultivate a philosophy or a spirituality of leadership based on service.
    b.   Demonstrate an understanding of the dynamics of power in different cultural settings.
    c. Participate in education and/or training in sound leadership/management theory and practice.
    d.   Be aware of and articulate the rationale for the provisions of one’s ministerial code of ethics.

    1.8 Be mindful and understand the role that family systems and dynamics play in the personal development of the minister.

    Standard Two: Spiritual
    Sharing in the common priesthood of all the baptized, a lay ecclesial minister demonstrates Christian spirituality as foundational to ministry, integrated in service with the people of God, and possessing a sacramental view of the world that recognizes the world can be a vessel of God’s presence and God’s transforming grace.

    Vision Statement
    Having encountered the person and message of Jesus Christ, the hunger of the lay ecclesial minister for union with the Triune God is constant. The result of this hunger is the call to holiness; built on the Word of God, experienced in the liturgy and sacraments, formed through suffering, nurtured in joy, and sustained in community with all the baptized and through the Church as Mystical Body. The minister gives witness to a well-formed
    spirituality through a rich and diversified prayer life, theological reflection, and action rooted in Catholic social teaching. Spiritual formation is grounded in the understanding that “if ministry does not flow from a personal encounter and ongoing relationship with the Lord, then no matter how ‘accomplished’ it may be in its methods and activities, that ministry will lack the vital soul and source needed to bear lasting fruit” (Co-Workers, p. 38). Therefore, open to the mystery of God’s love and in touch with the world’s realities, all actions of the lay ecclesial minister flow from “that fundamental conversion that places God, and not oneself, at the center of one’s life” (Co-Workers, p. 38).

    Standard Two: Possible Indicators for Each Competency


    A lay ecclesial minister will:

    2.1 Embody an integrated spirituality formed by Scripture and liturgical celebration, theological reflection, and active participation in parish life.

  6. Indicators include but are not limited to:
  7. a. Reflect a commitment to Scripture through ongoing study and theological reflection, action on behalf of justice, and fulfillment of ministerial responsibilities.
    b. Discern and respond to the call of the Holy Spirit to live as a disciple of Jesus Christ.
    c. Live a spirituality which evangelizes and models discipleship.
    d. Assume responsibility for a concrete role within the parish.

    2.2 Bear witness to the Eucharist as the source and summit of our lives both as individuals and within the Catholic community. (The order of the previous 2.2 and 2.3 have been switched)
  8. Indicators include but are not limited to:a. Participate in the life of a Catholic parish, worshiping on a weekly basis in a full, active and conscious manner.
  9. b. Affirm and explain the celebration and sacrifice of the Mass and its significance to one’s life.
    c. Participate in Eucharistic devotions, including Eucharistic adoration and holy hours.
    d. Serve as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion to the sick, confined, and/or homebound.

    2.3 Live a life of liturgical and private prayer that is both formed by and reflective of the breadth and depth of the Catholic spiritual tradition.

  10. Indicators include but are not limited to:
    a. Celebrate the rites of the Church as appropriate to one’s place in life, i.e., Rite of Penance, Marriage, etc. 
    b. Pray The Liturgy of the Hours.
    c. Engage in lectio divina, faith sharing, guided meditations and other expressions of contemplative prayer, both as a participant and a leader/guide.
    d. Engage in various forms of personal prayer. (Moved from a.)
    e. Foster an awareness of and advocate for various sources for prayer.
    f. Give expression to a rich range of ethnic and cultural prayer practices, both personal and communal, in a way that respects and encourages diverse spiritualties and authentic expressions of popular piety.
    g. Participate in days of spiritual renewal/reflection, retreats, and spiritual direction.
      
    2.4 Demonstrate an integration and value of the sacred arts, i.e., art, music, and architecture, into liturgical celebrations and communal prayer.

  11. Indicators include but are not limited to:
    a. Incorporate art and music in the creation of liturgical/communal prayer.
    b. Support the use of music, instrumentation, art, and sacred environment from an array of styles.

    2.5 Honor the call to ministry that is rooted in one’s baptism by developing ministerial goals that flow from one’s spirituality and reflect an integration of Gospel values.

  12. Indicators include but are not limited to:
    a. Advocate and practice the corporal and spiritual works of mercy within an ecclesial community. 
    b. Describe a discernment process which named one’s gifts and talents to be used in ministry. 

    2.6 Accept and articulate one’s ministerial vocation as coming from God and confirmed by the ecclesial community.

  13. Indicators include but are not limited to:
    a. Witness to one’s faith by participating in faith-sharing groups.
    b. Publicly express and explain one’s “call” to ministry, i.e., talks during Vocation Awareness Week or articles in a parish newsletter or diocesan paper.
    c. Participate in a ministry officially commissioned by the ecclesial community.

    2.7 Demonstrate an ability to discern the “signs of the times” and address current realities in the Church and the world in light of the Gospel.

  14. Indicators include but are not limited to:
    a. Articulate knowledge and understanding of current issues received through regular contact with different news media and Catholic information sources.
    b. Approach contemporary moral issues pastorally (with a balance of psychological and sociological principles) and theologically (with a foundation from Church teachings and the guidance of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops).
    c. Engage in ways to critique the culture from a Catholic/Christian viewpoint.
    d. Respond to current needs by integrating Gospel values.

    2.8 Display an openness to ecumenical prayer, works, and practices that promote Christian unity, acknowledging the gifts afforded to humanity from world religions.

  15. Indicators include but are not limited to:
    a. Promote and participate in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
    b. Support activities and projects with other Christian communities.
    c. Participate in opportunities for interreligious dialogue and collaboration.

    2.9 Model the spirit of Jesus in one’s life, identify with and promote the global mission of the Church.

  16. Indicators include but are not limited to:
    a. Support the mission activities of various causes and programs of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), including, but not limited to, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, Catholic Charities USA, Catholic Relief Services, Solidarity Fund for the Church in Africa, and World Mission Sunday.
    b. Promote engagement in service programs at the local, national and global levels. 
    c. Advocate for connections with ministries globally, for example, through parish twinning, adopt a parish, sister parish and/or parish exchange relationships.

    2.10 Develop a spirituality responsive to the diverse cultural expression of conversion, communion, mission and solidarity.

  17. Indicators include but are not limited to:
    a. Engage in personal, communal, spiritual, and devotional practices informed by the cultural diversity of the Church.
    b. Exhibit a spirituality that has integrated the concept of unity in diversity as reflected in the mystery of the Trinity and expressed in the richness of cultures among the People of God.
    c. Participate in intercultural activities such as Curcillo, quinceañeras celebrations, mission trips, service outings, retreats, ethnic festivals, and music and art performances as an intentional act of solidarity.

    2.11 Utilize social media and modern technology to foster and develop communal spirituality.

  18. Indicators include but are not limited to:
    a. Identify and employ appropriate apps to facilitate prayer and devotion.
    b. Utilize modern technology to access Church documents and other spiritual writings to support spirituality. 
    c. Uses a variety of social media to communicate (within the parameters of one’s ministry) as a spiritual leader.

  19. Standard Three: Intellectual
    A lay ecclesial minister demonstrates understanding of the breadth of Catholic theological and pastoral studies as well as the intellectual skill to use that knowledge in ministry with God’s people from diverse populations and cultures.


    Vision Statement
    “Formation for lay ecclesial ministry is a journey beyond catechesis into theological study” (Co-Workers, p. 43). A lay ecclesial minister’s faith and ministry is formed by the study of the Catholic theological tradition focusing on the following core elements: Scripture and its interpretation, dogmatic theology, Church history, liturgical and sacramental theology, moral theology and Catholic social teaching, pastoral theology, spirituality, canon law, ecumenism and interreligious dialogue, the social sciences, humanities, and culture and language studies. Based upon this study, a theologically competent minister can articulate and interpret this Catholic theological tradition with disciples from diverse communities. A key dynamic of effective lay ecclesial ministry is the integration into ministry practices of the key documents and principal theories of pastoral ministry.

    Standard Three: Possible Indicators for Each Competency

    A lay ecclesial minister will:

    3.1 Scripture and revelation. Know and integrate into ministerial practice a theology of     revelation as God’s self-disclosure, and interpretation of Scripture and tradition in accord with Dei Verbum.

    Indicators include but are not limited to:
    a. Explain the historical and social contexts of the biblical writings, with
    recognition of their literary forms and show awareness of the Catholic exegetical tradition.
    b.   Identify major themes in Scripture and tradition in light of Church teaching, diverse cultural interpretations, and contemporary critical exegesis and hermeneutics.
    c. Use Scripture as an essential source in pastoral ministry.

    3.2 Dogmatic theology. Know and integrate into ministerial practice Trinitarian theology, Christology, pneumatology, missiology, theological anthropology, and ecclesiology.
  20. Indicators include but are not limited to:
    a. Summarize a theology of God as One and Triune by articulating an understanding of the relations of the persons of the Trinity.
    b.   Articulate the paschal mystery as the life, death, resurrection, and ascension of
    Jesus Christ and our participation in it.
    c. Explain the person and work of the Holy Spirit and the role of charisms in the life of the Church.
    d.   Integrate basic principles of Christian anthropology—an understanding of human existence, nature, grace, sin, and redemption.
    e. Describe an ecclesiology of the Roman Catholic Church in light of its apostolic origins, Church as mystery and sacrament, communion and mission, and magisterium and authority.
    f. Identify the mission of the Church as evangelization, and articulate a vision for the inculturation of the Gospel into every nation, race, and culture.

    3.3 Church history. Know the major events in the history of the Church, especially the Second Vatican Council, understand the perspective those events provide on the life of the Church today, and integrate this understanding into ministerial practice.

    Indicators include but are not limited to:
    a. Identify major events, councils, persons, cultural contexts, and time periods in the history of the Roman Catholic Church.
    b.   Interpret ecclesial events in the light of church history, Vatican II documents, and subsequent Church teaching.
    c. Promote the ecclesiological renewal confirmed by Vatican II and expanded by subsequent Church documents.

    3.4 Liturgical and sacramental theology. Know and integrate into ministerial practice the liturgy and rites of the church. theologies of liturgy, worship, and sacraments and traditions of liturgical spirituality.

  21. Indicators include but are not limited to:
    a. Articulate major sacramental concepts, including Jesus as the primordial sacrament, the sacramental nature of the Church, and the development and meaning of the seven sacraments.
    b.   Explain basic liturgical principles, the liturgical year, liturgical ministries, and components of liturgical celebrations.

    3.5 Moral theology and Catholic social teaching. Know and integrate into ministerial practice a theology of the moral life, including Catholic social teaching, attentive to relationship with God, neighbor and the earth.

    Indicators include but are not limited to:
    a. Identify the major theological themes relating to peace, justice, and Christian living as found in the Sacred Scriptures, the documents of Vatican Council II, papal encyclicals, and statements of the U.S. Catholic bishops.
    b.   Articulate the principles of Catholic moral teaching and convey a Catholic understanding of conscience, conscience formation, and the process of moral decision making.
    c. Utilize the principles of Catholic social teaching in a pastoral ministry setting by analyzing modern culture in light of these teachings.

    3.6 Pastoral theology. Know and integrate into ministerial practice a theology of pastoral ministry as well as guiding principles for the practice of ministry in support of the Pastoral Competencies.

    Indicators include but are not limited to:
    a. Demonstrate skill in theological reflection by utilizing the insights of Scripture and tradition as a resource for worship, evangelization, social justice, and catechesis.
    b.   Integrate pastoral theories related to the ministry context and the specialized practice of lay ecclesial ministry.
    c. Develop a pastoral plan with initiatives that invite the community into discipleship and witness according to the needs of people from diverse cultures, family structures, and theological perspectives.
    d.   Exhibit a theology of pastoral ministry that supports collaboration and communion among bishops, presbyters, deacons, lay ecclesial ministers, and all the people of God.

    3.7 Spirituality. Know and integrate the history and theology of Catholic spiritual traditions into prayer and ministerial practice.

    Indicators include but are not limited to:
    a. Identify the history of Christian religious experience and diverse types of spirituality.
    b.   Integrate into ministry an appreciation of diverse expressions of individual and communal Catholic spirituality and prayer.
    c. Summarize the role of Mary and the saints in Church tradition.

    3.8 Canon law. Know and integrate into ministerial practice a foundational understanding of canon law and its role in the life of the Church .

    Indicators include but are not limited to:
    a. Identify those elements of canon law that inform the lives of the faithful, such as their canonical rights and responsibilities, the sacramental life of the Church, and diocesan and parish structures.
    b.   Understand and apply specific canons in specialized ministry contexts and situations.

    3.9 Ecumenism and Interfaith Engagement. Know the Catholic principles for ecumenism and interfaith engagement, apply these in ministerial practice, and be able to publicly represent Catholic belief/practice in respectful engagement and collaboration with others.

    Indicators include but are not limited to:
    a. Articulate our common heritage and our shared practices.
    b.   Identify key moments and figures in Church history which precipitated separation and/or supported efforts toward unity.
    c. Promote opportunities for dialogue, prayer, and action on behalf of social justice with others in ecumenical and interreligious communities.

    3.10 Social sciences and humanities. Know and integrate into ministerial practice a foundational understanding of the social sciences and humanities.

    Indicators include but are not limited to:
    a. Understand and apply the theories of human and psychological development in ministry with persons of all ages.
    b.   Understand the fundamental aspects of sociological study, in order to interpret and apply current research into the practice of ministry.
    c. Integrate personal experiences and academic study of the humanities (e.g., philosophy, psychology, sociology, anthropology, social work, cultural studies, literature, the arts) into ministerial practice.

    3.11 Culture and language studies. Know and integrate into ministerial practice knowledge of intercultural communication and linguistic/cultural skills, appropriate to their cultural and ministerial context.

  22. Indicators include but are not limited to:
    a. Demonstrate knowledge about the principles of intercultural competence and how they impact personal attitudes and necessary skills needed to implement the principles in the ministerial specialization.
    b.   Engage in ongoing efforts to grow in cultural/linguistic knowledge, and utilize cultural and language skills to communicate effectively and minister with people of diverse cultures by being proficient in their language/culture or being familiar
    with ways of using the abilities of bilingual leaders in the ethnic/cultural communities.
    c. Recognize one’s own cultural assumptions and avoid imposing them on others in cross-cultural ministry settings.


    Standard Four: Pastoral
    A lay ecclesial minister demonstrates a range of leadership and pastoral skills needed for functioning effectively in ministry.

    Vision Statement
    As a response to their baptismal call, lay ecclesial ministers accept the grace of leadership and manifest a range of skills and pastoral gifts which allow them to function effectively in ministry. In their role as evangelizers, they operate in a parochial setting which has various dimensions—faith formation, worship, cultural diversity, community life, social justice, and apostolic service. They are effective listeners who foster respect and offer compassionate
    care within varied family, community, and cultural settings. In the spirit of the Gospel, they serve others as companions on the journey of faith. These ministers demonstrate good stewardship, work collaboratively with other lay and ordained ministers, and exhibit human resource and management skills. They have an ability to discern and nurture the gifts of all the baptized in order to build the Kingdom of God. Lastly, these ministers embrace a professional code of ethics worthy of Catholic ministry and abide by civil and Church law. “Pastoral formation cultivates the knowledge, attitudes, and skills that directly pertain to effective functioning in the ministry setting and that also pertain to pastoral administration that supports direct ministry” (Co-Workers, page 47).

    Standard Four: Possible Indicators for Each Competency

    A lay ecclesial minister will:

    4.1 Exercise sound practices of compassionate pastoral practices.

    Indicators include but are not limited to:
    a. Listen with empathy and solidarity in the spirit of Gospel values.
    b. Work toward inclusion of persons with disabilities in every area of parish life.
    c. Recognize when an individual requires professional help and offer resources for assistance.
    d. Know the signs of physical, sexual, and psychological abuse and adhere to civil and ecclesial procedures for reporting abuse.
    e. Nurture communities of wellness and respond to persons at-risk in collaboration with other pastoral ministers through programs of prevention and pastoral care.
    f. Respond to community crises and personnel issues in collaboration with other pastoral ministers and community resources.


    4.2 Empower people to inculturate the Gospel through critical reflection of their own culture, fostering unity in diversity by utilizing human, spiritual, theological, and pastoral approaches proper to each culture.

    Indicators include but are not limited to:
    a. Understand and appreciate the gifts diverse cultures bring to the faith community.
    b. Demonstrate leadership and skills for the inculturation of the Gospel in diverse cultural contexts.
    c. Invite and encourage community leaders of various cultural groups present within the local church to collaborate in assessing pastoral needs and planning for culturally appropriate responses. 
    d. Utilize cultural/language knowledge to build collaborative relationships and foster leadership development.
    e. Show ability to build inclusive parishes by fostering the integration of people from diverse cultures, while respecting their own culture and language.
    f. Facilitate intercultural dialogue and understanding as well as multicultural faith experiences.

    4.3 Implement the principles and processes of evangelization and faith formation as outlined in national and universal Church documents.

    Indicators include but are not limited to:
    a. Empower others to identify and utilize their unique gifts and to develop and articulate their faith.
    b.   Involve the family as an essential partner in all areas of ministry and promote a societal perspective that respects the family.
    c. Understand, promote, and demonstrate evangelization as a primary mission of the Church.
    d.   Develop the parish as an evangelizing and catechizing community.
    e. Support the Church’s commitment to ecumenism and cultivate ecumenical as well as interfaith relationships.

    4.4 Employ the use of modern means of communication technology to proclaim the
    Gospel.

    Indicators include but are not limited to:
    a. Utilize technology in communicating with parishioners, persons with whom the minister serves, and persons served in ministry.
    b. Use social networking in an appropriate manner with those whom the minister serves.
    c. Understand and adhere to parish and (arch)diocesan communication directives, including safe environment policies. 
    d. Contribute to the parish website.
    e. Incorporate current technology in educating, catechizing, and evangelizing persons within one’s ministerial responsibilities.

    4.5 Utilize leadership skills of collaboration, visioning, planning, communication, decision making, delegation, and conflict management to work effectively with others.

  23. Indicators include but are not limited to:
    a. Demonstrate proficiency in the organization, supervision, and administration of programs and processes.
    b.   Work effectively and creatively within parish and (arch)diocesan systems and structures.
    c. Exhibit a spirit of discipleship in ministerial service.
    d.   Develop and implement a collaborative approach to liturgical, catechetical, and other pastoral work in the ministry setting.
    e. Find ways to exercise shared leadership with people from the various cultures present in the ecclesial setting where one serves, respecting the leadership styles of each cultural community.

    4.6 Employ the benefits of effective ministerial supervision, seeking supervision oneself and providing supervision to employees and volunteers.
    Indicators include but are not limited to:
    a. Appropriately and clearly communicate to all concerned the responsibilities and duties of the various ministerial roles within one’s ministerial responsibilities.
    b.   Call forth, form, support, supervise, and engage in the ongoing development and evaluation of ministers.
    c. Conduct regular reviews of performance with written evaluations of persons within one’s scope of responsibility.
    d.   Provide for the ongoing development of the knowledge and skills needed by the various employees and volunteers to perform their ministry in a manner that will give glory to God.

    4.7 Continually seek opportunities to improve knowledge, attitudes, and skills that directly pertain to effective functioning in the ministry setting.

    Indicators include but are not limited to:
    a.    Engage in ongoing personal and professional development.
    b.   Study Scripture and appropriate Church documents.
    c. Seek and participate in opportunities for spiritual development including retreats, reading, and spiritual direction.
    d.   Belong to and actively participate in professional ministerial organizations.
    e. Attend workshops/conferences related to professional development in the areas of one’s pastoral leadership responsibilities.
    f.    Adheres to a professional code of ethics and abides by civic and church law.

    4.8 Develop, nurture and participate in the prayer life of the community in which one serves.

    Indicators include but are not limited to:
    a. Utilize pastoral and liturgical skills to design, implement, and, when appropriate, lead community prayer and worship.
    b.   Promote authentic celebrations of the sacraments.
    c. Ritualize significant moments of the lives of individuals, groups, and cultures. d.   Ensure opportunities for a wide range of devotions and pious practices to be
    offered.
    e. Facilitate prayer experiences that are rooted in and nurture the faith and spirituality of the diverse cultures in the community, or that bring the whole community together for common prayer expressive of its cultural identity.
     

APPLICATION MATERIALS YOU WILL NEED

You do not need them all upon initial registration. You will be able to log on and upload at anytime after your register on the site.

  • Evidence of pastoral ministry experience (minimum 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time)-Resume
  • Official educational and formation program transcripts
  • Reference letter from supervising pastor (form in DOCUMENT LIBRARY or QUICK LINKS on profile page)
  • Reference letters from two colleagues who have observed you in ministry (forms available in document library)
  • Baptismal certificate/Evidence of full communion with the Catholic Church
  • Ministerial autobiography (instructions in document library)
  • Signed and dated Code of Ethics (form in document library)
  • Evidence of compliance with diocesan safe environment policies and background checks
  • Application fee $95 mailed to your partner organization