In anticipation of the 15th anniversary of the publication of Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord (Co-Workers) and the June 2-6, 2020 NALM annual conference, "Sustaining a Healthy Vineyard: Co-Workers at 15” NALM has prepared a survey on Authorization for Lay Ecclesial Ministry and is asking NALM formation members assistance in documenting how dioceses are implementing Section C “Authorization for Lay Ecclesial Ministers” of Co-Workers
NALM understands that the authorization process and practice across the country varies and in a given location only some elements of the authorization process might be implemented. The NALM Advocacy Committee, on behalf of the NALM board, has developed a survey designed to aid NALM in getting a better sense of what is happening across the country. Even if the authorization process in an (arch) diocese might only include one or two of the authorization elements we would like that information. We also would like to be able to share a sampling of these resources with NALM members in the form of a web or PDF link on the NALM website.
Please email questions about completing the survey and attachments to Cecelia Bennett at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your participation in this project.
NALM Survey: Authorization for Lay Ecclesial Ministry
Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord, in Section C “Authorization for Lay Ecclesial Ministry” discusses four elements of Authorization. 1) Certification, 2) Appointment (Commissioning), 3) Delineation of the Appointment, and 4) Announcement (p. 54). The authorization process discussed in Co-workers is predicated on the Bishop identifying which positions are covered by the authorization process. (p.56) Co-workers also addresses the importance of blessing and rituals in the authorization process (p.59).
It is our understanding that the practice across the country varies and in a given location only some elements of the authorization process might be implemented. So, even if the authorization process in your (arch) diocese might only include one or two of the elements, please respond as appropriate.