Below are the specific portfolio requirements for the three specializations administered by NCCL followed by their specialized competencies. To download the specialized competencies as a pdf click here
Portfolio Requirements for Parish Catechetical Leader (PCL)
- A cover letter in which the applicant formally requests certification.
- All initial application materials for admission to the certification process
- Written assessments by the candidate, supervisor, peer or colleague and subordinate
- Preferably a graduate degree in catechesis, religious education, theology or allied field. Minimum of 30 credits or 300 clock hours in theological or ministerial disciplines, documented by transcripts, diplomas or certificated from higher education, diocesan formation or other training institutes. Within total credits, clock hours or a degree, a minimum of 120 clock hours or 12 credits distributed among four or more theological disciplines.
- Minimum of 120 hours or 12 credits of study, training and formation in catechesis and/or religious education (e.g., catechetical theory, documents, and methodologies.)
- Four to six items of evidence for each core standard and for the specialized competencies. Evidence of successful leadership in a catechetical context (e.g., job description, meeting, outlines, program brochures).
- Integration paper that applies personal, spiritual, theological, pastoral and specialized competence to the practice of pastoral ministry
Portfolio Requirements for a Parish Director of Evangelization
- A cover letter in which the applicant formally requests certification.
- All initial application materials for admission to the certification process.
- Written assessments by the candidate, supervisor, peer or colleague and subordinate.
- Preferably a graduate degree in ministry, theology or allied field. Minimum of 30 credits or 300 clock hours in theological or ministerial disciplines, documented by transcripts, diplomas or certificates from higher education, diocesan formation or other training institutes. Within total credits, or a degree, a minimum of 120 clock hours or 12 credits distributed among four or more theological disciplines.
- Minimum of 120 hours or 12 credits of study, training and formation in evangelization, catechesis, human development, communications and/or stewardship.
- Four to six items of evidence for each core standard and for the specialized competencies. Evidence of successful leadership in evangelization (e.g., job description, strategic plan for evangelization, program brochures or reports).
- Integration paper that applies personal, spiritual, theological, pastoral and specialized competence to the practice of pastoral ministry.
NCCL/ Parish Catechetical Leader (PCL) Specialized Competencies
By virtue of baptism, all Christians are called to proclaim the Good News. The Spirit elects certain individuals and calls them to the specialized role of catechetical leader within the faith community. As competent catechetical leaders they collaborate with others to develop a culture of lifelong formation within their communities that enables each adult, youth and child to know and love Jesus Christ, and to grow as a disciple and a witness to the Gospel.
As such the catechetical leader will be well formed in the study of the Catholic faith and of catechesis—its theology, its history, and its right praxis.
A parish catechetical leader will:
PCL 1 Plan and evaluate catechetical ministry through the lens of evangelization, and ensure the centrality of catechesis in the development of the parish as an evangelizing community.
PCL 2 Direct the parish catechetical program through design, implementation, and evaluation to form disciples, teachers, and witnesses of the faith.
PCL 3 Embrace the catechumenate as model and inspiration for all catechesis.
PCL 4 Collaborate with stakeholders – pastor, staff, school personnel, appropriate Committees and boards – to develop a comprehensive lifelong vision and plan for parish catechesis, based on ecclesial catechetical documents and correlated with the parish and (arch)diocesan vision.
PCL 5 Ensure that catechesis is age-appropriate, sensitive to diverse cultural backgrounds,
responsive to learning styles across the lifespan, and adapted to those with disabilities.
PCL 6 Develop and implement parish catechetical policies in accord with (arch)diocesan
policies and guidelines.
PCL 7 Recognize and support parents in their role as the first educators of their children,
implement programs that engage the family as an essential partner, and champion the family as domestic church.
PCL 8 Recruit, form, and evaluate parish catechists, supporting them in their development as disciples, teachers, and witnesses of the faith.
PCL 9 Provide orientation and in-servicing of catechetical committee members and formation teams in their areas of responsibility.
PCL10 Exercise effective supervision of catechetical employees, catechists, and volunteers while fostering leadership abilities.
PCL11 Select effective catechetical resources, programs and processes, appropriate to particular audiences, in accord with national and (arch)diocesan guidelines, and utilizing suitable technology.
PCL12 Manage communications, maintain records, administer a budget, and advocate for resources and parish support for catechetical ministry.
NCCL / Parish Director of Evangelization (PDE) Specialized Competencies
A parish director of evangelization is a member of the parish staff who gives direction to evangelization efforts in the parish community. These efforts attend to the active community, to inactive Catholics, and to the unchurched, and therefore involve renewal and formation ministries within the parish, and outreach and welcome toward those not active or connected with the Church. A parish director of evangelization aims to foster conversion and growth in discipleship among the faithful, to develop a welcoming community, to animate and equip parishioners to evangelize, and to accompany seekers or returning Catholics. As such, the ministry requires leadership skills, a deep knowledge of the Catholic faith, an ability to provide formation, competent communication, and an ability to foster collaboration.
A parish director of evangelization will:
PDE 1 Collaborate with other staff, pastor, and appropriate councils and committees to articulate a vision.
PDE 2 Plan and implement strategies to reach active parishioners, inactive Catholics, and the unchurched in the community.
PDE 3 Demonstrate knowledge and familiarity with the vision, goals, principles, and
components of evangelization as outlined in the U.S. bishops’ pastoral plans and related Church documents.
PDE 4 Design and coordinate adult inquiry and faith formation opportunities.
PDE 5 Animate, equip and organize parishioners to evangelize by witness, words and action.
PDE 6 Recruit and provide formation for volunteers and ministry leaders for evangelization and adult formation events.
PDE 7 Coordinate or cooperate in parish ministries of outreach, welcome and renewal, such as: hospitality ministry, Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, new member welcome, returning Catholics ministry, parish missions, or parish community-building events.
PDE 8 Demonstrate an understanding of the dynamics of Christian conversion, faith development, and disciple-making.
PDE 9 Collaborate with other parish leaders to collect and analyze data for pastoral planning, for example, parish census, needs assessment, interest surveys, or area demographic research.
PDE 10 Utilize multiple means of digital and print communication (web, bulletin, newsletter,
social media), creating engaging and creative content, enhancing communication with parishioners and with the public beyond.