Lay Ecclesial Ministries2018-11-19T09:40:42+00:00

Lay Ecclesial Ministries

“The Church has always required proper preparation of those who exercise a ministry…Lay ecclesial ministers, just like the ordained, need and deserve formation of high standards, effective methods and comprehensive goals”.   –Co-workers in the Vineyard of the Lord

The goal of lay ministry formation integrally relates four essential areas. It fosters the development of men and women who understand: 1) their human development within the context of a call to advance the mission of the Church; 2) their spiritual development within the context of a call to service in the Church; 3) their intellectual development as the appropriation of the Church’s teaching and tradition; and 4) their pastoral development as participation in the active ministry of the Church.

The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston offers formation opportunities for Lay Ministry. Lay Ministry formation is for a variety of adults who demonstrate strong leadership qualities and show a commitment to the Church in a specific area of ministry under pastoral authority and support.

The Diocesan Lay Ministry Fund provides financial assistance to lay ministers who are currently employed in the diocese who seek assistance for graduate and undergraduate ministry programs as well as ministry certificate programs, seminars and courses. The Diocesan Lay Ministry Fund is offered in partnership with parishes, schools, vicariates and lay men and women in the diocese.

Contact: Nick Mayrand –

Certificate for Lay Ecclesial Ministry –  Foundations for Leadership in Ministry  [contact Dept. of Formation & Mission for additional Diocesan requirements]

> Certificate Programs from the Institute for Pastoral Initiatives, University of Dayton:

> Virtual Workshop Series for Parish Lay Ministers from Liturgy Training Publications.  Designed for parish staff, teachers and catechists, RCIA teams, and Lectors.

Free Professional Development Webinars for Parish Lay Ministers from Ave Maria Press: