Prerequisite: Ordination as a Pastoral Chaplain
The CCCC has instituted a new Order for those Chaplains who feel a call to expanded pastoral ministries, but do not wish to enter into Holy Orders as deacon or priest. The Order of Lay Pastoral Minister offers training and exploration on many levels of ministry so Chaplains can better serve their communities
Lay Pastoral Ministers
- become members of the Community Catholic Church
- are authorized by the CCCC to perform weddings, funerals and baptisms.
- will be commissioned on Zoom, and receive a stole, pin and Diploma
upon successful completion
- do not wear a collar but may wear a short stole and robe when performing
- may be referred to as Pastor, Lay minister, or Chaplain
- may not bless, but can invite God's blessing
Over the years, Chaplains have approached the College of Bishops, asking if it would be possible to enhance their role through further study and training.
We understand that not everyone feels the call to holy orders so after much prayer and reflection, we are offering this 5-month course which covers many areas including personal growth, spirituality and pastoral ministry. LPM students study with those training for the Diaconate, and have the option of continuing into the ordination stream after their 5-month program of study (after an interview with the candidates committee.)
Course topics include:
- an overview of the CCCC
- Spiritual Development
- communication skills and self-care
- introduction to sacraments
- a review of wedding material
- the role of the funeral officiant
- baptism ministry
The cost of the program is $700 or $140 per month. At the conclusion of the program Chaplains and their loved ones will be invited to an online commissioning and will be sent a Diploma in Lay Pastoral Ministry, and a stole.