Lay Ecclesial Minister Certification: Application Form

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1a. Personal Information











*NOTE: Date of birth, sex, and race are being requested only for purposes of identification in obtaining accurate retrieval of records.

















1b. Criminal Background Check Disclosure/Authorization

The Archdiocese of Detroit hereby discloses and I understand that consumer reports and/or investigative consumer reports on my background may be made on me, to assess me in connection with hire or initial assignment, promotion or reassignment or retention. These reports may be obtained before initial hire or assignment or during my employment or assignment and may consist of a criminal history background check, driving record, education verification, employment verification, credit check, and/or personal references using the services of the Archdiocese of Detroit/Department of Human Resources and/or a designated outside firm. The information received will be kept confidential and will be used only to determine my suitability to work at the Archdiocese of Detroit, or volunteer for the above noted entity.


I authorize the Archdiocese of Detroit or a designated consumer reporting agency to obtain the information and authorize without reservation, any party contacted to furnish any or all of the above-mentioned information.  Further, I will allow a photocopy of this authorization to be as valid as the original for purposes conducting the necessary investigation.


In addition, I agree to abide by the policies, procedures and code of conduct that currently exist or may be amended in the future.


I acknowledge I have been provided with a document entitled “Summary of Your Rights Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act” prior to signing this Disclosure and Authorization form.


(Type Name)


3. Academic Record

(Begin with your high school education and include college, certificate and post-degree training institute education.)

Name of Institution Major Area of Study Dates Attended (From/To) Certificate/ Degree Earned Date Earned/ Expected

4. Ministry Experience:

Place of Ministry Major Area of Ministry Dates (From/To) Supervisor

5. Recommendations from two professional colleagues: List 2 references & submit completed forms (only one needed for renewal).

6. Recommendation from Pastor: List Pastor's name from Place of Employment & submit completed form.

7. Please provide a listing of all professional organizations of which you are a current member.

8. Applicant Statement and Signature:

I affirm that the above statements are true and correct. I hearby give the Ministerial Certification Committee authorization to investigate any violation found or any case opened against me. I also give permission to the Ministerial Certification Committee to request appropriate information regarding the action(s) named from the relevant regulatory bodies, professional associations, agencies or courts. If admitted to certification as a lay ecclesial minister, I agree to abide by the Code of Pastoral Conduct as outlined by the Archdiocese of Detroit. By signing below, I am acknowledging that I have received the Code of Pastoral Conduct. I am also acknowledging that violation of certification policies and/or the Pastoral Code of Conduct could result in termination of my certification.




Pre-Assessment Form

Based off of your faith journey and ministry experience up to this point, please answer the following questions.





Record of Ministerial Experience

PARISH CATECHETICAL LEADER/ DIRECTOR OF RELIGIOUS FORMATION (PCL/DRE) APPLICANTS

Parish Faith Formation/Catechetics Program Skills:



3. Please complete the information in the chart below according to the specific areas of parish experience in faith formation/catechetics programs.

Place/Employer Title & Position Dates:  From - To
Experience in Faith Formation/Catechetics Programming, Curriculum, Organization, &/ or Administration                           
Experience in training Catechists:                                 
Experience in Catechesis (i.e. Teaching Religion):
Place Speaker and Theme Date
Retreat or Reflection Day Experiences:

YOUTH MINISTRY CERTIFICATION APPLICANTS:

Youth Ministry Program Skills:



3. Please fill out the information in the chart below according to the specific areas of parish experience in Youth Ministry programs.

Place/Employer Title & Position Dates:  From - To
Experience in Youth Ministry Programming, Organization, & Administration:                          
Experience in training youth, Youth Ministers, or adult leaders:                                                  
Experience in Catechizing:
Place Speaker and Theme Date
Retreat or Reflection Day Experiences:

CHRISTIAN SERVICE COORDINATOR APPLICANTS:

Christian Service Outreach Program Skills:



3. Please complete the information in the chart below according to the specific areas of parish experience in Christian Service outreach programs.

Place/Employer Title & Position Dates:  From - To
Experience in Catholic Social Action (Outreach and Advocacy)  Please include administrative, organizing and programming:                            
Experience in recruiting/ training volunteers:                    
Experience in development of a Christian Service Commission and committees under the Commission:
Place Speaker and Theme Date
Retreat or Reflection Day Experiences:

RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION (RCIA) COORDINATOR APPLICANTS:

RCIA Program Skills:



3. Please fill out the information in the chart below according to the specific areas of parish experience in RCIA process.

Place/Employer Title & Position Dates:  From - To
Experience in RCIA Programming, Organization, & Administration:                          
Experience in training an RCIA Team:                                         
Experience in Catechizing (Teaching RCIA):
Place Speaker and Theme Date
Retreat or Reflection Day Experiences:

LITURGICAL MUSICIAN CERTIFICATION APPLICANTS:

Liturgical Musician Program Skills:



3. Please fill out the information in the chart below according to the specific areas of parish experience in Liturgy &/or Liturgical Music programs.

Place/Employer Title & Position Dates:  From - To
Experience in Liturgy &/or Programming, Organization, and Administration:                   
Experience in training Musicians &/or those working with the Liturgy:                         
Experience in Catechizing:
Place Speaker and Theme Date
Retreat or Reflection Day Experiences:
Code of Ethics: Parish Catechetical Leader/Director of Religious Education
 

National Conference for Catechetical Leadership
Code of Ethics for Parish Catechetical Leaders

The National Conference for Catechetical Leadership (NCCL) affirms the following Code of Ethics for all professional parish catechetical leaders. In essence, this code expresses the core values guiding the conduct of a Parish Catechetical Leader.


Professional Ethical Obligations


Ministerial Role

  • A Parish Catechetical Leader continually deepens a relationship with God through a passion for the Gospel and participation in prayer and the sacraments.
  • A Parish Catechetical Leader facilitates the faith formation of the parishioners in accord with the vision of current Church documents.
  • A Parish Catechetical Leader appreciates the talents of others and empowers them to use them.

Inclusion

  • A Parish Catechetical Leader values and promotes the dignity of all persons.
  • A Parish Catechetical Leader practices stewardship, respecting all creation.
  • A Parish Catechetical Leader works collaboratively with other parish and Church ministers.
  • A Parish Catechetical Leader is inclusive and respectful of the diversity of the Church.

Accountability

  • A Parish Catechetical Leader models lifelong professional learning in areas required for catechetical ministry.
  • A Parish Catechetical Leader maintains right relationships by respecting appropriate boundaries with colleagues and parishioners of all ages.
  • A Parish Catechetical Leader employs justice and charity in actions and decisions.
  • A Parish Catechetical Leader avoids accepting remuneration for work that presents a conflict of interest with parish responsibilities.

Confidentiality

  • A Parish Catechetical Leader maintains confidentiality when requested and as required by circumstances.

Parish/Diocesan Policies

  • A Parish Catechetical Leader follows diocesan policies and appropriate legal statutes to protect the rights of individuals from abuse.

I have read and understand the above code of ethics and commit to uphold this code in my ministry.



Code of Ethics: Christian Service Coordinator 


The following Code of Ethics is adapted from the National Association for Lay Ministry (NALM) for use in the Archdiocese of Detroit to address Christian Service Coordinators.


Professional Ethical


Obligations  Ministerial Role

  • They live a life authentically reflecting Catholic moral teaching, respect for life, and social justice principles.
  • They foster the Catholic ethical values in this code of ethics in all the communities in which one serves.
  • Christian Service Coordinators are aware of their sacred calling as servants of God. They maintain membership in an ecclesial body and are faithful in matters of doctrine while remaining true to their own conscience and the people they serve.
  • Christian Service Coordinators are aware that they have considerable personal power because of their ministerial position. Therefore, pastoral ministers are particularly aware of the need for clear, appropriate and healthy physical, sexual, intellectual, emotional and spiritual boundaries. Pastoral ministers fully comply and act in accord with the USCCB statement Charter for Protection of Children and Young People (revised edition, November 2002).

Inclusion

  • Christian Service Coordinators participate in the Church’s sacramental life and ongoing spiritual growth opportunities, such as retreats, individual and group prayer, and reading.
  • Christian Service Coordinators respond to all people without regard for gender, creed, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital status, socioeconomic status, political beliefs, or disability because they recognize the common dignity of each person.
  • Christian Service Coordinators act to ensure that all persons have access to the resources, services, and opportunities they require with special regard for disadvantaged or oppressed groups or persons.
  • Christian Service Coordinators respect the work of their colleagues and use appropriate channels to express differences when deemed necessary.

Accountability

  • Christian Service Coordinators strive to manage their lives in a healthy way, paying particular attention to nutrition, exercise, leisure and the need for peer ministerial support.
  • Christian Service Coordinators strive for heightened awareness of ecumenical, interfaith, ethnic, ecological, and gender-related issues.
  • Christian Service Coordinators fully inform those they serve as to the purpose and nature of their ministerial activities as well as their level of training and competence, making appropriate referrals when in the best interest of the person with whom they are working.
  • Christian Service Coordinators distinguish clearly between statements and actions they make as individuals, as representatives of the community of faith, and as pastoral professionals. 

Confidentiality

  • Christian Service Coordinators know that those served have a right to see all pastoral records concerning them.
  • Christian Service Coordinators understand the responsibility for and limitations of confidentiality, maintaining the confidentiality of information received, especially when requested by the person or required by the circumstances, unless written permission is given to share the privileged information.
    • Exceptions may be made: when they judge that physical harm would come to the person or to third parties; when they are required by law to report; or when they judge the consultation with working professionals is necessary for the improvement of the service offered. In this case all names and any identifying circumstances are changed.
  • Christian Service Coordinators retain all notes and records of pastoral interaction/intervention in a locked, safe place and dispose of same, as appropriate, to protect confidentiality.
  • Christian Service Coordinators do not release information to third parties without the expressed consent of those served or the order of a court with competent jurisdiction.

Conduct

  • Christian Service Coordinators regularly participate in ongoing continuing education experiences, both formal and informal, in order to maintain and build upon their theological and professional competence
  • Christian Service Coordinators do not accept or offer gifts which involve expectations that would extend, curtail, or alter the service provided.

Referral and Intervention

  • Christian Service Coordinators report inappropriate conduct by a colleague in ministry to appropriate church/civil authorities in order to protect others from harm.

I have read and understood the above code of ethics and commit to uphold this code in my ministry.



Code of Ethics: Coordinator of Youth Ministry

National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry
Code of Ethics for Youth Ministry Leaders

Revised February 2008


The National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) has developed the following codes of ethics for youth ministry leaders.1 The National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry recommends that youth ministry leaders adopt this code by signing, dating, and placing it in their personnel file. This code of ethics is intended for youth ministry leaders regardless of employment status within the Church. While this code may be used in conjunction with existing diocesan policies, protocols, or codes, it is not intended to supersede them.


Professional Ethical Obligations


Ministerial Role

  • Youth ministry leaders work collaboratively with the pastor (and/or other supervisors) and associates in ministry.
  • Youth ministry leaders faithfully represent the teachings of the Catholic Church with integrity in word and action.
  • Youth ministry leaders are competent and receive education and training commensurate with their role(s) and responsibilities (Code of Canon Law, § 231).
  • Youth ministry leaders respect the diversity of spiritualties in the faith community and will not make their personal form of spirituality normative.

Inclusion

  • Youth ministry leaders recognize the dignity of each person and refrain from behaviors or words that are disrespectful of anyone or any group.
  • Youth ministry leaders serve all people without regard to gender, creed, national origin, race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, marital status, socioeconomic status, immigration status, or political beliefs.
  • Youth ministry leaders ensure that all persons have access to the resources, services, and opportunities they require with particular regard for persons with special needs or disabilities.

Accountability

  • Youth ministry leaders are accountable to the pastor or other duly appointed representative, under the authority of the (arch)diocesan (arch)bishop.
  • Youth ministry leaders are called to serve the faith community, carrying out their ministerial functions “conscientiously, zealously, and diligently” (Code of Canon Law, § 231).
  • Youth ministry leaders exercise responsible stewardship of resources while holding themselves to the highest standards of integrity regarding the fiscal matters placed in their trust.
  • Youth ministry leaders, upon suspecting or learning of abuse of a minor, must notify the civil authorities, as well as church leadership responsible for this topic, in accordance with civil and ecclesial law.

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1 This code of ethics pertains to lay ecclesial ministers serving youth ministry leaders. These individuals may conduct ministry under a variety of titles, including but not limited to coordinator of youth ministry, director of youth ministry, parish youth minister, and/or campus minister. Some pastoral associates, parish coordinators, and catechetical leaders may also share responsibility for youth ministry and as such may be considered “lay ecclesial ministers serving as youth ministry leaders.”


Confidentiality

  • Youth ministry leaders respect confidentiality, yet are not held to confidentiality in the same way as ordained ministers and licensed, certified counselors.
  • Youth ministry leaders adhere to civil and ecclesial law concerning the reporting of neglect, abuse, or when physical harm could come to the person or to a third party.
  • Youth ministry leaders support the rights and roles of parents while ministering to the needs and concerns of their children.

Conduct

  • Youth ministry leaders know that they have considerable personal power because of their ministerial position. Therefore, they will sustain respectful ministerial relationships, avoiding manipulation and other abuses of power.
  • Youth ministry leaders maintain appropriate professional boundaries (e.g., physical, sexual, spiritual, relational, and emotional). Romantic, dating, or sexual relationships between a youth ministry leader and any youth are inappropriate and unethical.
  • Youth ministry leaders shall exhibit the highest ethical standards and personal integrity reflective of the Gospel and will avoid even appearance of impropriety.
  • Youth ministry leaders may not use alcohol while supervising youth, may never use illicit substances, and may never provide alcohol or illicit substances to youth.

Referrals and Intervention

  • Youth ministry leaders know the signs of neglect and physical, sexual, and psychological abuse.
  • Youth ministry leaders know their limitations with respect to paraprofessional counseling and make appropriate referrals.

Parish/Diocesan Policies

  • Youth ministry leaders know of and comply with all applicable parish, organizational, and/or diocesan policies with special attention to sexual misconduct, safe environment, risk management, safety, transportation, parental permission, and medical emergency policies. 

I have read and understood the above code of ethics and commit to uphold this code in my ministry.




NFCYM Code of Ethics References

The Canon Law Society of America – Coriden, J., Green, T. and Heinstschel, D, editors. The Code of Canon Law. A Text and Commentary. New York: Paulist Press, 1985.

Gula, Richard. Ethics in Pastoral Ministry. New York: Paulist Press, 1996.

National Association for Lay Ministry Standards Code of Ethics. Downloaded from the Internet on October 16, 2002 at www.nalm.org/standard.html.

National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry’s Organizational Code of Conduct. March 2000.

NALM, NCCL, and NFCYM. Common Competency Project Core Certification Standards and Competencies, Draft 3, September 29, 2002.

Code of Ethics: Liturgical Musician 

National Association of Pastoral Musicians
Code of Ethics for Directors of Music Ministries

The National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM) is dedicated to fostering the art of musical liturgy. Committed to the same goals, the Directors of Music Ministries Division (DMMD) is the professional division of the association. Members work as professional musicians within the Church, mainly as full-time directors of music, directors of liturgy, directors of music and liturgy, music teachers, or some combination thereof.


All qualified individuals shall be eligible for membership and participation in DMMD. Members shall strive to promote good working relationship within the organization and within their employing institutions. Members also strive to respect the employment of colleagues, musicians in other parishes. Members shall respect the legal rights of others.


Professional Ethical Obligations


Ministry

  • DMMD members, as professional musicians, are dedicated to musical liturgy in the life of the parish, to developing the musical life of the parish.
  • Members are competent and trained in their craft and seek to continue growing through lifelong professional learning.
  • Members have a strong knowledge of the liturgical and musical documents and guidelines of the Church. They seek to follow the documents when leading the liturgical life of the parish.
  • Members maintain appropriate relationships with colleagues and parishioners of all ages as specified in diocesan guidelines.
  • Members are accountable to the pastor or other duly appointed representative, under the authority of the diocesan bishop.

Membership

  • DMMD members shall not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, age, religious affiliation, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, or medical condition.
  • All members are entitled to enjoy the privileges and are expected to accept the responsibilities of membership in the DMMD. Members shall be considered equally for Board of Directors offices and participation in DMMD activities. Members abide by the Code of Ethics and its Discipline.
  • Any DMMD recommendations for prospective employment shall be based solely upon professional competence and availability.

Collaboration

  • Members strive to work collaboratively with the pastor, administrator, and other ministers on the parish staff, both professional paid ministers and volunteers.
  • Members respect the dignity of all persons and cultures. Members respect the cultures present within the parish and strive to include all aspects of the parish within the musical and liturgical program.

Respect and Legal Rights

  • Members do not apply for a position, appear to be soliciting a position, engage in discussion about possible employment, or attempt to place a student or colleague in a position until the incumbent has resigned or has been notified of termination by the institution. It is the responsibility of the member to determine whether the incumbent has been notified.
  • Members do not undermine or attempt to dislocate an incumbent.
  • A member may accept a liturgical service or performing engagement only when such an engagement has been approved by the incumbent musician. It is the responsibility of the member to determine whether approval has been granted.
  • In cases where such a liturgical service or engagement for a wedding, funeral, or other occasional service has been requested by a third party, it is appropriate for the third party to offer the incumbent the customary fee as a professional courtesy.
  • Members respect the property right of composers, authors, and publishers by being aware of and complying with the copyright law and attendant procedures regarding reproduction and performing rights.
  • Members respect the employment rights of others by being aware of and complying with all laws and procedures pertaining to immigration and work permits.
  • Members follow diocesan policies and appropriate legal statues to protect the rights of individuals from abuse.

I have read and understood the above code of ethics and commit to uphold this code in my ministry.




This Code of Ethics, originally published in 1993, was revised and approved by the Board of Directors of the DMMD in 2005. Grateful appreciation is expressed to the following organizations, whose Codes of Ethics were used to help revise this Code: National Association for Lay Ministry, National Conference for Catechetical Leadership, and National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry.