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

is a community of caring people,

committed to human service ministries in the Church and

to the support of each other

in those ministries.


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.