MISSION AND VISION
We, members of the Association of Pastoral Ministers, recognize and declare that we have been called by God and commissioned by a local church, hospital, institution or organization to provide pastoral care to God’s people in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.
APM was formally established in 1977 to be 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 human, spiritual, intellectual, and pastoral dimensions of the person. Our members bring to their ministry prayerfulness, the gift of being a “listening presence”, an open willingness to share their personal faith, patience, compassion, a sense of humor, and a keen sense of integrity by living by the APM Code of Ethics and Competency Standards.
The Association of Pastoral Ministers
provides support, advocacy and ongoing formation
to our members who are professional lay ecclesial ministers
committed to pastorally serving
the human and spiritual needs in the Church.
The role of our members
is one of leadership
in calling people forth to ministry
and in modeling new ways of ministering.
We are dedicated to nurturing relationships
with individuals and organizations
within the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis
and beyond its boundaries.
We are concerned with broader
relationships and responsibilities.
We recognize the value of dialogue
within the Church
for human and spiritual growth for all.
A community of discernment,
we seek to discover and implement
ways that will strengthen and improve the quality
of our ministry, modeled after the life and teachings of Jesus.
VISION AND PHILOSOPHY
We are people
serving the church,
united in mutual support
and shared concern to respond
ever more adequately to the needs of others.
We are convinced
that we minister
God’s healing love as we reach out
to the poor, broken-hearted and alienated of our society.
We are called
to the vocation of lay ecclesial ministry,
to model lay ministry in the church;
to enter into dialogue
with the Church’s hierarchy and structures
and to be part of its leadership.
We are sent
to image the Good News;
to create a community which recognizes
that all are called to minister
according to the gifts they have been given.