- It is lay because it is service done by lay people. The sacramental basis is the sacraments of initiation, not the sacrament of holy orders.
- It is ecclesial because it has a place within the community of the church, whose communion and mission it serves, and because it is submitted to the discernment, authorization and supervision of the hierarchy.
- It is ministry because it is the work by which Christians participate in the threefold ministry of Christ, who is priest, prophet and king, and continue his mission and ministry in the world.
As the body of Christ, we are called and gifted in various ways to share responsibility for the sanctification of the world. From among the faithful are those who are called to serve the church as its ordained ministers and experience a specific call to lay ecclesial ministry.