Popular Workshops

Are You Certifiable? Exploring National Lay Ecclesial Ministry Certification: The Opportunities and Challenges

Why would a Lay Ecclesial Minister (LEM) seek national certification? How does it benefit the LEM, their local faith community, and the larger church? These are two important questions that will be answered in this workshop, as well as what qualifications are required and how to apply. Dr. Charlotte McCorquodale, with 20 years of experience with certification standards and processes, will help those attending explore the benefits and challenges of national certification, as well as review the various elements of the national process. Additionally, those present will have the opportunity to evaluate their readiness as well as interest in national certification.

Is There an App for That? Strategies for Integrating Technology Into Ministry

This workshop will share strategies for using and integrating technology into parish ministry, especially in the area of faith formation. With all the choices of technology tools that could be used in a ministry setting, how does a parish decide which ones to use and how to create an overall strategy that goes beyond a Facebook page or a Twitter account? There are tools that can help us reach out to young people and collaborate and communicate with others in our faith community. Those who participate will also obtain strategies for staying up-to-date on the technology tools that continue to emerge.

The Challenge of Passing on Faith: How do we Reach and Teach Every Young Person Every Time?

Teaching young people about the faith can be a challenging experience. How do we know what we are teaching is actually learned and applied in their lives? There are many theories about learning that can be utilized in developing faith-filled learning experiences. However, the 4MAT learning theory, which is based upon brain-based learning research, helps educators and catechists develop learning experiences that engage all learning styles. Dr. McCorquodale, a certified 4MAT trainer, will help participants understand the natural cycle of learning by answering four questions in every learning experience: Why, What, How, and If.

dr. mccorquodale's recognitions and certifications

meet our trainers/consultants

Charlotte McCorquodaleCharlotte McCorquodale, Ph.D.

Originally from Lake Charles, Louisiana, Dr. Charlotte McCorquodale completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at McNeese State University in 1985, with a major in psychology and a minor in sociology. In 1988, she completed her Master’s degree in religious education from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas. In 2001, she received her Doctor of Philosophy degree from the School of Human Resource Education and Workforce Development at Louisiana State University. Charlotte in ActionThe title of her dissertation is "The Emergence of Lay Ecclesial Youth Ministry as a Profession in the Roman Catholic Church."

She holds national certificates in youth ministry, e-learning design, and online education. Her recognitions include receiving the 2002 National Youth Ministry Award from the NFCYM for contributions nationally to the field of Catholic Youth Ministry. Her professional career in Catholic youth ministry has spanned three decades serving in parish, school, diocesan and university ministry settings for the past 30 years.

In May 2000, she co-founded Ministry Training Source, an organization committed to the education and formation of ministry leaders by providing customized ministry formation solutions. She is currently president of the Board of Directors for Ministry Training Source. Presently, Dr. McCorquodale serves as an international educator, researcher, and consultant for the fields of lay ecclesial ministry, youth ministry, and e-learning. She served as a lay consultant to the USCCB Committee for Laity, Marriage, Family Life, and Youth from 2007 to 2010.  

Some past and current and past consulting clients include:

  • The Archdiocese of Los Angeles C3 Technology Cluster Pilot Project: Currently serving as a technology in ministry integration consultant to help three parishes in the San Fernando Pastoral Region collaborate and integrate technology into faith formation and communication/collaboration practices.
  • Minnesota Catholic Education Association (MCEA) and the six Roman Catholic Dioceses within Minnesota (Duluth, St. Cloud, Winona, Crookston, New Ulm, and St. Paul): Served as a certification consultant assisting in the development and implementation of a certification process for youth ministry leaders.
  • National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry: Serves as a research consultant in the development of national studies on youth ministry leaders and diocesan directors of youth ministry.
  • St. John’s University and Liturgical Press, Collegeville MN: Served as a lay ministry consultant in the development of a national symposium on lay ecclesial ministry and conducting a research study on lay ministry formation programs.
  • Broken Bay Institute, Diocese of Broken Bay, NSW Australia: Served as a e-learning consultant in the design of a customized learning management system and as author/instructor for youth ministry courses.
  • The Dioceses of Baton Rouge, LA and Wheeling-Charleston: Serves as a lay ecclesial ministry consultant assisting the dioceses in assessing lay ecclesial ministry and planning for continued development.


training topics

  • Leadership development, servant leadership
  • Lay ecclesial ministry
  • Youth ministry
  • Adolescent catechesis
  • Using technology in ministry
  • Applying Web 2.0 strategies to your ministry
  • Certification and accreditation
  • Understanding today's generation of youth and emerging adults
  • Understanding the role of parents in forming youth
  • Religious formation and Catholic identity


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