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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.




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.

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