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Value Statements proposed changes

Proposed changes to NALM's Mission and Vision Value Statements

Please read through the proposed changes below.  If you are a member of NALM, and have any questions, comments, or feedback please click the link at the bottom to offer your feedback.

Deadline for feedback is Monday, July 6, 2020.

In November 2019, the NALM Board worked with a facilitator to reflect upon and review our mission, vision, and values statements. It was time to take a critically reflective look at them, to discern: do the statements still say what they need to? Do the statements still articulate who and what NALM is, for 2020 and beyond? Do the statements adequately express the hopes of NALM in being the voice for lay ministry and lay ministers in our Church today?

Following this discussion, a survey was sent to membership. Results indicated we needed no changes to the mission statement, and vision statements, but it was time to update the Vision statement and and the statement of our values. We are delighted to present to you a restatement of our Visions and Values based on the input of membership and further reflection by the Board.


The National Association for Lay Ministry promotes the co-responsibility of ordained and lay ministers to embody the saving mission of Christ for the world.


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.



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


NALM models and advocates for faith-filled collaboration between the lay, vowed religious, and ordained to promote co-responsibility in the Church’s ministry. 


NALM celebrates the variety of cultures and peoples that we serve and works to build a diverse and inclusive community among our members.               


NALM promotes the essential role of the laity, by virtue of their Baptism, to use their charisms and gifts to build up the Body of Christ.


NALM provides a voice for Lay Ecclesial Ministry, lay pastoral ministry and lay leadership with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and national and diocesan lay ministerial organizations.


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.

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