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NALM-Parish Life Coordinator, Pastoral Associate, Parish Business Manager
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 Below are the specific portfolio requirements for the three specializations administered by NALM followed by their specialized competencies.  To download the specialized competencies as a pdf click here.

 

Portfolio Requirements for Parish Life Coordinator (PLC)

 

1.      A cover letter in which the applicant formally requests certification.

2.      All initial application materials for admission to the certification process.

3.      Written assessments by the candidate, supervisor, peer or colleague and subordinate.

4.      Master’s degree in theology, pastoral ministry or allied field. Equivalency in one or more of the core theological areas may be demonstrated by a combination of research paper, lecture, or other approved method.

5.      Evidence of successful leadership in a pastoral context (e.g., job description, programs, planning documents).

6.      Integration paper that applies personal, spiritual, theological, pastoral and specialized competence to the practice of pastoral ministry.

 

Portfolio Requirements for Pastoral Associate (PA)

 

1.      A cover letter in which the applicant formally requests certification.

2.      All initial application materials for admission to the certification process.

3.      Written assessments by the candidate, supervisor, peer or colleague and subordinate.

4.      Preferably a Master’s degree in theology, pastoral ministry or allied field. Minimum of 300 clock hours or 30 credits. Equivalency in one or more of the core theological areas may be demonstrated by a combination of research paper, lecture or other approved method.

5.      Evidence of successful leadership in a pastoral context (e.g., job description programs, planning documents).

6.      Integration paper that applies personal, spiritual, theological, pastoral and specialized competence to the practice of pastoral ministry.

 

Portfolio Requirements for Parish Business Manager (PBM)

 

1.      A cover letter in which the applicant formally requests certification.

2.      All initial application materials for admission to the certification process.

3.      Written assessments by the candidate, supervisor, peer or colleague and subordinate.

4.      Minimum of 150 clock hours or 15 credits. Equivalency in one or more of the core theological areas may be demonstrated by a combination of research paper, lecture or other approved method

5.      Preferably at least a bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, or business management or allied field. Evidence of study in non-profit management principles. Equivalency may be demonstrated by examination, paper, lecture or other approved method.

6.      Evidence of successful leadership in a pastoral context (e.g., job description programs, planning documents).

7.      Integration paper that applies personal, spiritual, theological, pastoral and specialized competence to the practice of pastoral ministry.

 

NALM/Parish Life Coordinator (PLC) Specialized Competencies

 

A parish life coordinator is a professional minister who is entrusted by the (arch)diocesan bishop with the pastoral care of a parish (Canon 517.2). In collaboration with a presbyteral moderator appointed by the (arch)diocesan bishop, the parish life coordinator has the responsibility of overseeing the entire Catholic community within a specific locale. The parish life coordinator enables and empowers the community to be a sign of the reality of the Kingdom of God.

 

A parish life coordinator will:

 

PLC 1   Exercise responsibility for coordinating the pastoral care of the parish in all of its dimensions: communal, liturgical, prophetic-catechetical, service, evangelization, and administration

PLC 2   Exhibit a capacity for leadership and collaboration in all aspects of parish life and ministry including the skills required for supervising staff and the competencies appropriate to the diversity of the community.

PLC 3   Seek the guidance of parishioners as expressed by the pastoral council, the parish finance council, and other collaborative structures in the parish and/or region.

PLC 4   Foster the spiritual growth of all parishioners and encourage them to put their talents and their baptismal gifts/charisms at the service of others.

PLC 5   Integrate Catholic social teachings principles within ministry by incorporating opportunities for justice and service to the Church and broader community and provide theological reflection on those opportunities.

PLC 6    Develop a parish rich in worship and prayer in all of its dimensions by collaborating with the worship committee and the sacramental minister (Canon 517.2) in providing for the liturgical and sacramental life of the parish.

PLC 7    Promote the ministry of the word and preach effectively in appropriate pastoral settings in accord with national and (arch)diocesan norms.PLC 8    Preside at liturgies, including Sunday celebrations in the absence of a priest, in accord with liturgical principles and national and (arch)diocesan norms.

PLC 9    Provide pastoral care and assistance to petitioners and respondents in marriage nullity cases.

PLC 10  Exercise effective pastoral care for the sick, the dying, and the grieving in the parish

PLC 11  Initiate, develop, and support specialized pastoral ministries according to the needs of  the parish community.

PLC 12  Collaborate in the catechesis and pastoral care of those preparing for sacraments and promote lifelong faith formation for all parishioners.

PLC 13  Collaborate effectively with organizations, (arch)diocesan and parish staffs and groups, parish lay ecclesial ministers, the presbyteral moderator, and the sacramental moderator  (Canon 517.2).

PLC 14  Collaborate with the local (arch)diocese in a way that honors its vision for pastoral care of parishes, its programs for parish enrichment, its policies and procedures for parish administration, the sacramental moderator who represents the (arch)bishop and the  (arch)diocese, and the deanery or regional structure in which the parish resides.

PLC 15  Ensure the observance of all applicable civil laws in accepted non-profit management practices.

PLC 16  Oversee the proper care for and use of parish’s facilities in accord with (arch)diocesan/eparchial norms and civil law.

 

 

NALM / Pastoral Associate (PA) Specialized Competencies

 

A pastoral associate is a professional minister who shares the overall care of the parish with the pastor or on-site pastoral team. He or she is a member of the parish staff, usually full-time, and is accountable to the pastor. The ministry of the pastoral associate is comprehensive, relating to all aspects of parish life, but with designated responsibilities, e.g., liturgy, faith formation and development, administration, pastoral care, or social outreach. The responsibilities assigned to the pastoral associate depend on the needs of the parish and the gifts of the pastoral associate as well as the gifts of other members of the pastoral staff.

 

A pastoral associate will:

 

PA 1    Exhibit a capacity for leadership and collaboration in all aspects of parish life and

ministry including intercultural competencies[MD4]  appropriate to the diversity of the

community.

 PA 2    Recognize, address, respect, and assist with the implementation of the parish vision and mission.

PA 3    Foster the faith life of the community by providing opportunities that address the

spiritual, moral, and lifelong formation of all parishioners.

PA 4    Promote evangelization as one of the primary activities of one’s ministry.

 PA 5    Demonstrate a sensitivity to the diverse cultural concerns that affect the community and seeks ways to celebrate its cultural diversity.

PA 6    Engage in appropriate and effective communication with persons of cultures other than one’s own and recognize the need to develop intercultural competency.

PA 7    Integrate Catholic social teachings applications within ministry by incorporating

 opportunities for justice and service to the Church and broader community including theological reflection on those opportunities.

PA 8    Preach effectively in appropriate pastoral settings in accord with national and

(arch)diocesan norms.

 PA 9    Preside at liturgies and prayer services, including Sunday celebrations in the absence of a priest, in accord with liturgical principles and national and (arch)diocesan/eparchial norms.

PA 10 Provide pastoral care and assistance to petitioners and respondents in marriage nullity

cases.

PA 11 Collaborate in the catechesis and pastoral care of those preparing for sacraments.

PA 12 Exercise effective pastoral care of the sick, the dying, and the grieving in the parish

community.

 PA 13  Initiate, develop, and support specialized pastoral ministries according to the needs of the parish community.

 

 

NALM / Parish Business Manager (PBM) Specialized Competencies

 

The Parish Business Manager is responsible for the supervision and management of all financial activities, administrative functions, human resources, church properties and facilities, oversight of long-term improvement projects, and all related processes and systems for the parish. Under the general direction of the pastor, the Parish Business Manager provides efficient and professional business and facility management leadership with the purpose of allowing the pastor maximum freedom to provide pastoral care to the parish community, directing these efforts within a frame work of shared ministry and Catholic values consistent with the mission and purpose of the parish. This responsibility includes safeguarding Church assets, exercising prudence in financial matters, accountability to those who provide monetary support to the Church and to regulatory authorities, and compliance with all civil regulations. The Parish Business Manager generally participates in the hiring, training and supervision of parish staff and volunteers and administers employee benefits including insurance coverage, retirement plan, scheduling, and payroll functions in accordance with (arch)diocesan and parish policies.

 

A parish business manager will:

PBM   1     Demonstrate and maintain accountability and transparency to all applicable entities and individuals.

PBM   2     Apply accepted accounting practices (GAAP) for non-profit organizations.

PBM   3     Establish and manage comprehensive cash and asset management policies and procedures.

PBM   4     Apply wide-ranging Human Resource best practices and ensure compliance with

(arch)diocesan, federal, state, and local laws and directives,

PBM   5     Coordinate care and maintenance of physical plant including working schedules,policies, and procedures guiding staff in applying stewardship principles and best practices.

PBM   6     Utilize the basic vocabulary and “temporal goods” section of Canon Law related to local diocesan norms in conjunction with civil law to assist with financial and temporal affairs related to parish goods and ministries.

PBM   7     Ensure that the parish technological resources are sufficient and administered to achieve the parish, (arch) diocesan and universal Church mission.

PBM   8     Understand and demonstrate the Catholic catechetical teachings related to stewardship.

PBM   9     Ensure that parish resources are allocated correctly to achieve the parish mission and work within fiscal means.

PBM 10     Integrate new technology trends and use or direct the use of these to ensure parish communications remain current and relevant.

PBM 11     Use wide-ranging processes to fulfill all Church, government, and other agency

requirements for compliance-reporting and record-keeping. 

 PBM 12     Lead by personal example and Gospel values, supporting the pastor in setting high standards for leadership.

 

The Process

  1. Apply for certification by creating a membership and uploading appropriate documentation. 
    Pay the $95 application fee.
  2. APPLICATION is reviewed by your organization's Partner Certification Review Committee (PCRC)
  3. When application is approved by the PCRC you become a CANDIDATE for certification. 
  4. Begin creating your PORTFOLIO by uploading assessments, documents and your integration paper.
    Pay the $165 candidacy fee.
  5. When complete, your PORTFOLIO is reviewed by your PCRC. The PCRC may ask for more information or offer guidance to strengthen your portfolio.
  6. Then the portfolio is forwarded to the National Certification Review Committee (NCRC) and then to the Alliance Commission for final approval.