The Association of Pastoral Ministers (APM) was formally established in 1977 to serve as a support community for women and men in various pastoral ministries in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.
APM members have an abiding concern for the spiritual, intellectual, physical, psychological and social dimensions of the human person. By bringing many qualities to their service of God’s people, APM members minister through prayerfulness, the gift of being a “listening presence”, openness about their personal faith, patience, compassion and a sense of humor.
Formation for pastoral ministry requires spiritual, academic and professional preparation. The pastoral minister must be able to demonstrate a vocation to ministry through competence in: personal and spiritual maturity in relationship to God’s people; an understanding of and an ability to communicate the Scriptures, the traditions and teachings of the Catholic church; the moral and social teachings of the Church; and professional care-giving skills and listening skills that express an appreciation of the depth of the human heart’s aspirations.
The Association seeks to stay close to the everyday needs of its members, designing activities which strengthen and improve the quality of pastoral ministry. Mutual caring and trust characterize who we are and what we do as pastoral ministers. APM empowers Pastoral Ministers to minister to ministers!
Benefits to you:
The benefits of membership are both direct and indirect, concrete and abstract. Although primarily personal, participation in APM also benefits those persons to whom and with whom you minister:
- Ethics and Standards: APM members developed a Code of Ethics and competency standards, identified by membership after years of living the vocation and job responsibilities of pastoral ministry. These standards can direct one’s on-going education and self-evaluation; to foster personal and professional growth essential to met the challenges and changes in the field of pastoral ministry
- Communication: all mailings, invitation to contribute to the website; an annual directory; and various communications from the executive board
- Programs and Business Meetings that promote networking, community building, on-going education, through professional and spiritual development
- Active Participation: Shared leadership roles on the executive board, committees, Coalition of Ministries, and various task forces.
- A Relationship with the National Association of Lay Ministers (NALM): APM Board has a covenant relationship NALM as a local / regional association. NALM promotes Vision—Voice and Vitality for persons in lay ministry.
An option that fits your community's needs:
Receive the APM Newsletter and all mailings.
Attend all general programs with no fee.
Receive discounts on the annual retreat and annual banquet.
May obtain membership in NALM (National Association of Lay Ministers) at a discount rate.
Full membership for up to 5 members of your parish (e.g. volunteers), including yourself.
See Full Membership above.
Students get full membership