Our Global End

Members of the NCCL will achieve competence as leaders in the ministries of evangelization and catechesis within the teaching mission of the multi-cultural Catholic Church in the United States.

Promoting

Promoting the Church’s ministries of evangelization and catechesis in accord with the vision of Scripture, the wisdom of the Church, the expertise of our members, and the needs of the people we serve in our continually changing world.

Collaborating

Collaborating with the bishops of the United States, international, national, regional and local organizations, other leaders who relate to catechetical ministers, and one another in the development of the ministries of evangelization, catechesis, religious education, and faith formation.

Ways We Serve


Nurturing

Nurturing the continual spiritual, professional, and personal development of leaders in religious education, catechesis, and evangelization in the Church.

Gathering

Gathering with one another at the national, regional, provincial, and diocesan levels to challenge our vision, foster our unity, strengthen our ministry, grow in faith, deepen our spiritual life, increase our understanding and broaden our perspective for catechesis and evangelization in the Church.

Our Ends Policies


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NCCL members will engage in catechesis as a work of evangelization that serves those who have not yet heard the Good News of Jesus Christ, those who need to have their faith in Jesus Christ reawakened, and those who have heard the Good News of Jesus Christ and need to be sustained in that relationship.

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Catechetical leaders will experience outstanding professional development at the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership's annual conference.

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Members of the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership will benefit from relationships established with other national organizations, such as NFCYM, NCEA, and the USCCB Secretariats or Committees.

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National Conference for Catechetical Leadership members will become outstanding practitioners of adult faith formation in catechetical ministry through the allocation and application of NCCL's organizational assets, resources and services.

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An increasing number of catechetical leaders will experience the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership as a desirable and fulfilling professional association.

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Members of the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership will benefit from the fulfillment of the Action Items in the Strategic Plan.

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Members of the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership have ready and ongoing access to the latest information, developments, and resources for enhancing their catechetical leadership.

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National Conference for Catechetical Leadership members will have access to a national certification process for parish catechetical leaders. The certification standards and procedures are to be approved by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop Subcommittee on Certification for Ecclesial Ministry and Service (formerly the USCCB Commission on Certification and Accreditation).

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The National Conference For Catechetical Leadership grew out of the early Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) movement in this country, with roots going back to 1934.

Today, it is the only independent national organization exclusively dedicated to serving the church’s catechetical mission in the United States.

More than 90% of all dioceses/eparchies are members of NCCL, along with nine diocesan/provincial associations of parish catechetical leaders and Catholic publishing houses.

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Our Leadership

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So much of our leadership comes from the work of the province and regional reps on the Representative Council in their province meetings. The Committees and Federations serve as working groups, accomplishing our Ends Policies, while the Forums and Interest Groups help provide a platform to voice experiences, mentor each other, and to share best practices. Our Board of Directors deals with strategic and systemic details, providing the ongoing vision for us to do this work of furthering Jesus’ teaching ministry together.

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The Executive Director shall:

  • be hired by and responsible to the Board of Directors
  • serve at the discretion of the Board of Directors and receive compensation as fixed by the Board.
  • be the chief executive officer of the Conference
  • serve without vote as an ex-officio member of all committees except the Leadership Discernment Committee; and
  • carry out those duties assigned by the Board of Directors.
The Board of Directors shall consist of the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Executive Director, Episcopal Advisor, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) liaison, and five at-large members.
The Representative Council shall be composed of Professional member delegates from each of the following categories as indicated:

  • one (1) representative diocesan director or staff person from each ecclesiastical province in the United States;
  • one (1) representative parish catechetical leader from each province;
  • one (1) representative from each partner organization;
  • one (1) representative from each Conference forum; and
  • two (2) representatives of the Eastern Churches.
Conference forums are constituency-based groups whose participants share a common role within the catechetical community. Conference forums serve as consultative bodies to the Representative Council.

  • Diocesan Directors Forum
  • Diocesan Staff Forum
  • Parish Catechetical Leadership Forum

Federate groups are focus-specific groups of Conference members, national in scope, existing to enhance and strengthen the Conference mission.

  • Federation for Catechesis with Hispanics
Board Committees: The NCCL Board of Directors is served by three committees: Executive Committee, Finance Committee, and Personnel Committee

Conference Committees: NCCL is served by a wide variety of committees working on behalf of the catechetical mission of the Church.  The NCCL president and Executive Director are ex-officio members of all conference committees.

Leadership Discernment Committee: Prepare the candidate slates for officers or at-large Board of Directors positions. Continually refine and facilitate the leadership discernment process.

Ad hoc Committees:

  • Partnership on Adolescent Catechesis: Diocese of Grand Rapids, Diocese of Orlando, Archdiocese of Washington, DC, Diocese of Providence
  • Strong Catholic Families: Diocese of Buffalo, Diocese of Cincinnati, Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Diocese of Providence, Diocese of Rochester

Partnerships

NCCL, like most national member organizations, has an annual audit conducted by an outside firm. An audit is an unbiased examination and evaluation of the financial statements of an organization. Auditors ensure the fiscal accuracy and responsibility of the organization.

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Bylaws

Section 1. Name
The name of the organization shall be THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE FOR CATECHETICAL LEADERSHIP, hereinafter referred to as “the Conference.”

Section 2. Office Location
The location of the principal and any other offices of the Conference shall be determined by the Board of Directors in consultation with the Representative Council.

Section 1. Purposes
The purposes of the Conference are:

to promote the ministries of catechesis, evangelization, religious education, and faith formation within the Church’s teaching mission; and
to enhance the ministerial effectiveness of its members in their service of leadership to the Catholic Church through the interchange of ideas and mutual support.

Section 1. Types
Conference membership shall be Professional, General, or Associate.

  • Professional membership is accorded to those members, both active and lifetime, who meet established criteria for Professional membership status. Professional members may serve on all committees, hold office, and vote in Conference matters.
  • General membership is accorded to members, both active and lifetime, who meet established criteria for General membership status. General members may serve on all committees for which they are eligible, and vote in all Conference matters except Bylaw changes. General members may not hold office.
  • Associate membership is accorded to those members who do not meet established criteria for Professional or General membership. Associate members may serve on all committees for which they are eligible, but may not hold office or vote in Conference matters.

At its discretion, the Board of Directors may on occasion confer honorary membership on individuals not otherwise eligible for Conference membership, without the obligations or privileges thereof.

Section 2. Criteria
The Board of Directors shall approve all criteria and policies established for Conference membership and participation.

The Membership Committee shall be the arbiter of all questions concerning membership in the Conference.

Section 1. Definition and Role
Conference forums are constituency-based groups whose participants share a common role within the catechetical community. Conference forums serve as consultative bodies to the Representative Council.

Section 2. Determination
The Board of Directors shall determine the nature and number of all Conference forums.

Section 3. Leadership
Each forum shall determine its own leadership arrangements in accordance with these bylaws and Conference policy, and will select from its number a Professional member to serve a three-year term as forum representative and delegate to the Representative Council. This person, who shall also represent the forum on the Leadership Discernment Committee, shall be eligible for one additional consecutive term, subject to selection by the members of the forum.

Section 4. Meetings
Forums shall convene at the Annual Meeting of the Conference and at other times that policy or need may dictate.

Section 1.Definition and Role
Federate groups are focus-specific groups of Conference members, national in scope, existing to enhance and strengthen the Conference mission.

Section 2. Determination
The Board of Directors in consultation with Representative Council shall determine Federation status for focus-specific groups within the Conference.

Section 3. Leadership
Each federate group shall determine its own leadership arrangements, not to be in conflict with these bylaws and Conference policy.

Section 4. Meetings
Federate groups may convene at the annual conference.

Section 5. Finances
Federate groups shall follow all Conference finance and fundraising policies.

Section 1. Composition
The Representative Council shall be composed of Professional member delegates from each of the following categories as indicated:

  • one (1) representative diocesan director or staff person from each ecclesiastical province in the United States;
  • one (1) representative parish catechetical leader from each province;
  • one (1) representative from each partner organization;
  • one (1) representative from each Conference forum; and
  • two (2) representatives of the Eastern Churches.

The Board of Directors may enhance the number of seats on the Representative Council for the above categories, and may also create other seats on the Council as needed to accommodate other constituency groups reflecting the diversity of the Catholic Church in the United States.

The Board of Directors shall serve as ex-officio members of the Representative Council.

Section 2. Responsibilities
The Representative Council shall:

  • articulate the values that drive the Conference;
  • represent the membership constituencies of the Conference;
  • serve as a consultative body to and for the Board of Directors;
  • elect the at-large members of the Board of Directors; and
  • exercise those responsibilities established for it in Conference policy.

Section 3. Term
Delegates to the Representative Council shall serve a three-year term of office. Terms shall be ordered so that one-third of the Council membership will change annually.

No delegate to the Representative Council may represent more than one constituency in the same term.

The term of office for each member of the Representative Council shall begin immediately upon appointment by the person’s constituency and, unless otherwise occurring, conclude three years thence at the Annual Meeting of the Conference.

Section 4. Re-election
Delegates to the Representative Council shall be eligible for one additional consecutive term, subject to selection by their respective constituency. Delegates may serve further additional terms only after a one-term absence from the Council.

Section 5. Vacancies
If a vacancy occurs in any position on the Representative Council, the respective constituency shall fill it in accordance with the constituency’s own selection processes and Conference policy.

Section 6. Meetings
The Representative Council shall meet at least once annually, as arranged by the Board of Directors.

Section 7. Quorum
A simple majority of the total Representative Council membership shall constitute a quorum.

Section 8. Decision-making
The standard decision-making process of the Representative Council shall be that of consensus. When consensus cannot be reached, a two-thirds majority of members present at the meeting and eligible to vote shall govern.

Section 1. Composition
The Board of Directors shall consist of the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Executive Director, Episcopal Advisor, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) liaison, and five at-large members.

The Executive Director, Episcopal Advisor, and United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) liaison shall serve as non-voting ex officio members of the Board.

Members of the Board of Directors, except for ex officio members, shall have been Professional members of the Conference for at least two years and attended at least two Annual Meetings prior to their election.

All elected members of the Board of Directors shall serve without compensation.

Section 2. Responsibilities
In addition to responsibilities identified elsewhere in these bylaws, the Board of Directors shall:

  • serve as trustees of the Conference and constitute its chief governing body;
  • set and monitor the mission and strategic direction of the Conference;
  • collaborate with the Representative Council in clarifying and focusing the strategic direction and objectives of the Conference;
  • approve the annual budget and secure the financial well-being of the Conference;
  • articulate and approve all official public position statements on behalf of the Conference;
  • develop, approve, and apply all Conference policies; and
  • employ and evaluate the Executive Director.

Section 3. Term
With the exception of the USCCB liaison and the Executive Director, all terms on the Board of Directors are for three years. Terms for the five at-large members shall be ordered so as to facilitate continuity on the Board.

No person shall serve in any other capacity on the Representative Council while on the Board of Directors.

The term of office for each elected member of the Board of Directors shall begin at the close of the Annual Meeting at which the person is elected and, unless otherwise occurring, conclude at the end of the Annual Meeting three years thence.

Section 4. Re-election
At-large members of the Board of Directors who have served a full three-year term shall be eligible for re-election for one additional term.

Individuals who complete the term of another Board member shall be eligible for election to a full term in their own right.

Members of the Board shall be limited to a maximum of two full consecutive terms and, upon completion of said terms, shall be eligible for election to an additional term or terms only after a one-term absence from the Board.

Section 5. Vacancies
If a vacancy occurs in any of the at-large positions on the Board of Directors, the President shall initiate a process to fill the vacancy in accordance with policies established for this purpose by the Board.

Section 6. Meetings, Notice, and Waiver of Notice
The Board of Directors shall meet at the Annual Meeting of the Conference, and at least two other times during each fiscal year, as determined by the Board.

Notice of any Special Meeting of the Board of Directors must be delivered in person or by written notice mailed or otherwise transmitted to each Director at least seventy-two hours prior to the convening of such a meeting.

Any Director may waive notice of any meeting of the Board of Directors. The attendance of a Director at any meeting of the Board shall constitute a waiver of notice of the meeting, except when a Director attends such a meeting for the express purpose of objecting to the transaction of any business because the meeting is not lawfully called or convened.

The purpose of and business to be transacted at any Special Meeting of the Board of Directors shall be specified in the notice of such a meeting.

Section 7. Quorum
No less than five voting members of the Board of Directors, including the President or Vice President, shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of Conference business at any meeting of the Board.

Section 8. Decision-making
The standard decision-making process of the Board of Directors shall be that of consensus. When consensus cannot be reached, a two-thirds majority of voting members present at the meeting and eligible to vote shall govern.

Section 9. Resignation and Removal
Any Director may resign at any time by giving written notice to the President, Secretary, or the full Board of Directors. Such resignation shall take effect at the time specified therein or, if no time is specified, upon its acceptance by the President or the Board.

Any Director may be removed from the Board, with or without cause, at a meeting of the Board at which a quorum is present. When such a decision cannot reasonably be reached by consensus, a two-thirds majority of votes cast at the meeting shall govern.

Section 1. Composition
The officers of the Conference shall be the President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.

The officers of the Conference shall serve in their same respective capacities for the Representative Council and the Board of Directors.

Section 2. President
In addition to duties identified elsewhere in these bylaws, the President of the Conference shall:

  • serve as chairperson and preside at all meetings of the Board of Directors, the Representative Council, and the Executive Committee;
  • appoint the chairpersons of all Conference and Board committees, and confirm the membership appointments thereof;
  • have the right to serve as a member, with the right to vote, on all committees except the Leadership Discernment Committee; and
  • perform other duties necessarily incident to the office of President or prescribed by the Board of Directors.

Section 3. Vice-President
The Vice President shall perform the duties of President in the event of the President’s inability to serve. When acting in the role of President, the Vice President shall have all powers of and be subject to all restrictions placed on the President.

The Board of Directors shall determine and designate other duties of the Vice President as necessary.

Section 4. Secretary
The Secretary shall:

  • oversee the accurate recording of the minutes of all meetings of the Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Representative Council, and general membership;
  • and insure that the minutes of such meetings are available to the respective bodies.

Section 5. Treasurer
The Treasurer shall:

  • serve as the chief financial officer of the Conference;
  • undertake on behalf of the Board an annual financial audit of the Conference;
  • submit a financial report to the Board of Directors and general membership at least annually; and
  • serve as chairperson of the Finance Committee.

Section 6: Eligibility
Only persons who have been Professional members of the Conference for at least two years and have attended at least two Annual Meetings prior to their election shall be eligible to hold office.

Section 7: Term
The term for all offices shall be three years.

Section 8. Election
A Leadership Discernment Committee shall be responsible for discerning and proposing candidates for office and at-large positions on the Board of Directors to the Representative Council.

Officers of the Conference shall be elected by the Professional and General membership only. Elections shall ordinarily be conducted at the Annual Meeting of the Conference, with provision for absentee balloting.

The Board of Directors shall approve all Conference procedures for the election of and voting for officers, and shall retain the sole right to rule on any such election or related vote in question.

Section 9: Re-election
Officers shall be eligible for re-election to one additional consecutive term in the same or another office and, upon completion of said consecutive terms, shall be eligible for election to an additional term or terms only after a one-term absence from the Board.

Section 10. Vacancies
If a vacancy occurs in the office of President, the Vice President shall immediately assume the office of President.

If a vacancy occurs in the offices of Vice President, Secretary, or Treasurer, the President shall initiate a process to fill the vacancy in accordance with policies established for this purpose by the Board of Directors.

Section 1. Composition
The Executive Committee shall consist of the officers of the Conference and the Executive Director.

Section 2. Responsibilities
The Executive Committee shall facilitate the work of the Representative Council and the Board of Directors and, between the regular meetings of the Board, make all necessary policy and financial decisions on behalf of the Conference. Such decisions shall be subject to review by the Board at its next meeting.

Section 1: Employment
The Executive Director shall:

  • be hired by and responsible to the Board of Directors; and
  • serve at the discretion of the Board of Directors and receive compensation as fixed by the Board.

Section 2: Responsibilities
The Executive Director shall:

  • be the chief executive officer of the Conference;
  • serve without vote as an ex-officio member of all committees except the Leadership Discernment Committee; and
  • carry out those duties assigned by the Board of Directors.

Section 1. Dues
The Board of Directors shall establish and approve the system and schedule of dues for all membership categories.

Section 2. Inurement
No part of the net income of this organization shall inure to the benefit of any private individual, and no director, member, officer, employee or other person shall receive, or be lawfully entitled to receive any pecuniary benefit, profit, or compensation of any kind therefrom except reasonable compensation authorized in the bylaws thereof for services rendered or expenses incurred in effecting one or more of its exempt purposes.

Section 3. Indemnification
The Conference may, by resolution of the Board of Directors, provide for indemnification by the Conference of any and all of its Directors and officers, or former Directors and officers, against expenses actually and necessarily incurred by them in connection with the defense of any action, suit, or proceeding in which they or any of them are made parties or are a party by reason of having been Directors or officers of the Conference, except in relation to matters as to which such Director or officer, or former Director or officer, shall be adjudged in such action, suit, or proceeding to be liable for negligence or misconduct in the performance of his or her duty and to such matters as shall be settled by agreement predicated on the existence of such liability for negligence or misconduct. The Conference may purchase insurance for such indemnification.

Section 4. Distribution of Assets upon Dissolution
In the event of the dissolution of the Conference, any assets remaining after all debts have been satisfied shall be conveyed to a non-profit organization designated by the Board of Directors, under provisions of the Internal Revenue Code, to be used for purposes analogous to those for which this organization has been created.

Section 1. Meetings
There shall be an Annual Meeting to conduct Conference business, held at such place and time as determined by the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors may determine other meetings of the Conference as circumstances warrant.

Section 2. Special Meetings and Notice
Special Meetings of the Conference may be called by the President or the Board of Directors, or shall be called by the President upon the written request of a simple majority of the Professional members of the Conference. Notice of any Special Meeting of the Conference shall be sent to the general membership at least ten days in advance of the proposed meeting with a statement of the meeting time, place, and subject to be considered.

Section 3. Quorum
At any meeting directed to the entire membership, a simple majority of the Professional and General members registered and present for the meeting shall constitute a quorum.

Section 4. Voting (Other than Elections and Bylaw Amendments)
The Board of Directors shall approve beforehand all proposals to be offered to the membership for a vote, and determine the procedures and acceptable forms of balloting for such purposes.

A simple majority of the Professional and General members voting shall constitute a valid vote and, except for the election of officers and amendment of bylaws, shall govern.

Section 5. Rules of Order
Roberts Rules of Order (most recent edition) shall prevail at all meetings and proceedings of the Conference, except as otherwise provided by these bylaws or other prevailing law.

Section 1. Types
The Board of Directors may establish Conference committees and Board committees to carry out the work and mission of the Conference. Executive, Membership, Finance, and Leadership Discernment Committees are hereby established for purposes identified in these bylaws and elsewhere in accordance with policies developed for each by the Board of Directors.

The Board of Directors shall determine the name, nature, and composition of all Conference and Board committees.

The President may appoint ad hoc committees as necessary.

Section 2. Membership
Except for Board committees and the Leadership Discernment Committee, membership on all other committees shall be open to all members of the Conference.

Only Board members may serve on Board committees. Other members of the Conference may serve in non-voting advisory roles on Board committees.

Section 3. Chairpersons
The chairpersons of all Board and Conference committees shall be chosen from the Representative Council.

Only members of the Board of Directors may serve as chairpersons of Board committees.

Section 4. Decision-Making
The standard decision-making process of all Board and Conference committees shall be that of consensus. On Board committees, when consensus cannot be reached, only members of the Board of Directors shall have voting privileges, and a simple majority of those voting shall govern.

Section 1: Origination
The Board of Directors shall approve for presentation to the general membership any proposed amendments to these bylaws.

Amendments may be presented with or without recommendation by the Board to the general membership.

Section 2: Voting
These bylaws may be amended or repealed:

  • by a two-thirds vote of the Professional members present at any Annual or Special Meeting of the Conference, including those voting by absentee ballot, the nature of the proposed amendments having been communicated to the general membership in writing at least ten days before such a meeting; or
  • by a two-thirds vote of the Professional members voting by mail, the nature of the proposed amendments having been communicated to the general membership in writing at least ten days before such a mail vote.