Our members choose different categories of participation in community life based on their situation at a given time. Some are called to the Missioners for a season, and some for a lifetime. Some serve alongside us, collaborating, while not feeling called to full participation. One does not have to be a formal member to participate in most of the Missioners activities, such as the prayer groups, retreats, missions and other ministries.
Covenant members are those who feel called to commit to the Missioners of Christ for life. These individuals have served under the Covenant for at least one term as a Committed Member, are in good standing with both the Missioners and the Catholic Church, and have mutually discerned a permanent call to the Missioners.
There are those who feel called to commit to the Missioners for at least a “season” – a three year period where the individual functions as a full member of the Missioners, with full voting rights and ability to serve at all levels.
There are those who feel committed to the Vision of the Missioners of Christ, who may serve alongside us and/or support us in prayer, but are not proximate to a group of Missioners to fully participate in the ministries and communal experiences, or perhaps their current life circumstances prevent them from doing so.
An initial phase that all Missioners must go through, this is a mutual journey that a prospective Missioner goes through with the Missioners of Christ community/apostolate, discerning whether or not they are called to a deeper commitment to the Missioners.
Those who assist and support any of the ministries the Missioners offer to youth (such as serving as chaperons or group leaders) are required to go through a certification process similar to our members, including submission of an application, references, background checks and completion of a Diocesan-approved safe-environment course for children and youth. Certified Volunteers are also required to review and sign the MOC Volunteer-Chaperone Expectations form, agreeing to abide by the norms put forth. Certified Volunteers are not formal Members of the Missioners of Christ, though form an integral part of our Office of Ministry.
We are blessed to have strong ties with various priests, seminarians, religious, and other consecrated individuals who have entered into vows of obedience (among others) within the Catholic Church. When one of these individuals still feels the call to be more formally involved with the Missioners of Christ, the Vowed Alliant category of membership acknowledges their primary vows outside of the Missioners, while permitting them to engage in many of the internal roles and responsibilities of the Missioners, including serving on the Concilium and other Leadership positions, voting, and the like.