2.2.4 Ministry Certification for Lay Ecclesial Ministers

1.    Lay persons who serve in certain positions of significant ministerial leadership and responsibility within the diocese and who have obtained appropriate formation are required to complete the Combined Ministries Certification Process of the Diocese of Lansing [1] or its equivalent. (Also see #2.2.2 Ministry Formation Program.)

2.    The certification process is regulated by the approved Standards and Procedures for Certification of Lay Ecclesial Ministers contained in the Ministry Certification Manual, but without prejudice to the rights of the diocesan bishop. [2]

3.    The diocesan offices of Lay Ecclesial Ministry, Youth Ministry, Catechesis and Worship direct the certification process in accord with this manual. The director of the Office of Lay Ecclesial Ministry oversees the administration of the process.



[1]    For background, see cc. 228; cc. 230-231; USCCB, Liturgical Functions (c. 230(1); “Preparing The Next Generation Of Laborers For The Harvest: A Plan for the Formation of Lay Ministry Leaders in the Diocese of Lansing,” April 1994, brochure; USCCB, Co‑Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord: A Resource for Guiding the Development of Lay Ecclesial Ministry, 2005; Diocesan Pastoral Plan, goal 4, promulgated by Bishop of Lansing, November 15, 2001. A diocesan certification process was first approved by the USCCB Commission on Certification and Accreditation, November 2004.  

[2]    Diocese of Lansing, Ministry Certification Manual: Standards and Procedures for Certification of Lay Ecclesial Ministers, September 2008, 2nd ed; Approval for Certification Standards was given October 28, 2008 by USCCB Commission on Certification and Accreditation.


Date approved by Bishop


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Msgr. S. J. Raica, chancellor