A college or university is a forum where public debate takes place, where opinions are shaped, and where values are formed. Campus ministry is "where commitment to Christ and care for the academic world meet in purposeful activity to serve and realize the kingdom of God."

Campus ministers have a unique responsibility to enhance the presence and the ministry of the church within higher education and to influence the future of the church and society with the message of the gospel. The church calls forth talented and gifted people to serve in this challenging ministry.

The Catholic Campus Ministry Association offers these standards to delineate a level of competency for campus ministry. They provide a means to assess performance in the ministry and to foster a high degree of professional excellence.

I. Personal Competencies

Publicly adheres to Church teaching and the CCMA Code of Ethics;

A Catholic campus minister:

1) Is a fully initiated member of the Catholic Church;

2) Nourishes his or her faith through participation in a worshiping Catholic community and a commitment to prayer and spiritual growth;

3) Publicly adheres to Church teaching and the CCMA Code of Ethics;

4) Demonstrates a balanced lifestyle, showing concern for the emotional, intellectual, physical, psychological and spiritual components of one's life

II. Theological Competencies

A campus minister is expected to:

1) Have a basic understanding of Roman Catholic teaching in the following areas:

a) God, Christ, Church
b) Pastoral Theology
c) Ethics and Moral Theology
d) Liturgy and Sacrament
e) Justice and Peace
f) Spirituality and Prayer
g) Canon Law
h) Scripture and Scripture Interpretation

2) Church History: World and American;
3) Articulate an understanding of the six aspects of campus ministry as delineated in Empowered by the Spirit: Campus Ministry Faces the Future, the pastoral letter oncampus ministry (N.C.C.B., 1985);
4) Have a familiarity with other religious traditions;
5) Continue theological reflection and education.

III. Professional Competencies

The campus minister demonstrates:

1) The ability to discern the needs of the campus community and to call forth and coordinate the diverse gifts of the community for:

a) Meaningful worship;
b) Evangelization, catechesis and theological reflection;
c) Conscience formation and justice education;
d) Leadership development and vocational discernment;
e) Personal development and service to others.

2) Communication skills by:

a) His or her ability to articulate the faith through preaching, teaching, writing, and spiritual direction;
b) His or her ability to articulate an understanding of the nature and purpose of higher education;
c) His or her ability to articulate an understanding of developmental theory as it applies to ministry on campus.

3) Pastoral counseling skills;

a) The ability to organize, facilitate, administer and share responsibility and decision-making:
b) With other campus ministers;
c) In an ecumenical, interfaith and multi-cultural environment;
d) With other college and university professionals.

4) Develop and sustain effective professional relationships:

a) With peer campus ministers;
b) With college and university professionals;
c) By maintaining membership in local, regional and national campus ministry organizations.

Approved by the CCMA Executive Board - 1995
Certification Committee Revised - March 1999