Vision, Mission, & Values

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Vision

The National Association for Lay Ministry promotes the fruitful collaboration of ordained and lay ministers, continuing “the saving mission of Christ for the World” (Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord, Introduction).

Mission

The National Association for Lay Ministry is a collaborative organization of lay, religious and ordained ministers that empowers, advocates for, and develops lay pastoral leadership and promotes the growth of lay pastoral ministry in the Catholic Church.

Values

Commitment

NALM is committed to the teachings of Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church.

Collaboration

NALM strives to model faith-filled collaboration between the lay, religious, and ordained for the good of the Body of Christ.

Community

NALM works to build community among our members and to recognize that we are strengthened by our diversity (1 Cor 12).

Empowerment

NALM empowers its members who have an essential role by virtue of their Baptism to use their charisms and gifts to build up the Body of Christ.

Advocacy

NALM promotes the role of lay pastoral ministry and leadership with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and national and diocesan lay ministerial organizations.

Formation

NALM fosters life-long learners, capable of reading the signs of the times and growing in their knowledge and skills for effective lay pastoral ministry and leadership.