Who We Are

Who We AreNALM is dedicated to providing vision, voice, leadership, and advocacy for lay ministers and for the development of lay ministry in the Catholic Church.  We do this through fostering and supporting the spiritual and theological formation, training, and ongoing development of career and volunteer lay ministers.

NALM traces its roots to 1976 when a group of lay people, vowed religious, and clergy began meeting annually to share their expertise and to support each other in the common goal of establishing and improving programs of lay ministry formation throughout the United States. Today, the original vision has expanded to include lay ministers serving parishes, diocesan offices, higher education, healthcare, and prisons throughout the U.S. and world.

Our Initiatives

OurInitiatives_FeatImgNALM is involved in a continually growing array of initiatives associated with promoting and supporting professional lay ministry in the United States, particularly in the areas of certification of professional lay ecclesial ministers and advocacy for their needs.


NewslettersWe have a growing inventory of resources for lay ecclesial ministers as well as materials which document the changes in the U.S. Catholic Church which have fostered the growth of lay ministry. We also have inspiration ministry story videos and more.

NALM at 40 Document

Taking a Look Back, A History of NALM 1977 to the Present

This new document traces the origins of NALM from its first gathering in 1977 in Philadelphia to today.  Along the way you'll read about some major highlights such as the publishing of our first book, A Gospel Call to Collaborative Ministry (1985), our involvement with Synod on the Laity (1987), being a leading consultative role in drafting C0-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord (2003), the Emerging Models Program (2008), and more.

Emerging Models

Resource archive now available

Emerging Models of Pastoral Leadership
National Catholic ministerial organizations worked throughout the first decade of the 21st century to support excellence in pastoral ministry through the study of the emerging models of pastoral leadership in the Catholic Church.

Latest News

NALM Announces Results of 2017 Elections

The National Association for Lay Ministry announced the results of its Board election this May. The newly elected NALM Board members three-year term will begin during the 41st Annual Conference on June 2, 2017, in Indianapolis. Deacon Keith Davis Deacon Keith brings a wealth of pastoral experience to the NALM Board. He has served the… Read more »