What’s a Lay Apostolate?

Inspired Discipleship is a ministry of a lay apostolate called the Catholic Biblical School of Michigan (CBSM). We exist to invite Catholics to encounter Jesus in and through the inspired Word of God and grow as missionary disciples, fueled by daily connection to God in His Word.

The Church speaks of the lay apostolate in two ways: one is the apostolate common to all of the baptized laity, “spreading the kingdom of Christ throughout the earth for the glory of God the Father, to enable all men and women to share in His saving redemption” (Pope St. Paul VI, Apostolicam Actuositatem, 1965). We do this seemingly spontaneously, led by the Holy Spirit as individuals to bring the Good News to the world and strengthen the faith of fellow believers.

The other form of a lay apostolate is a specific organization of (mostly) laypeople ministering in a specific way in a cooperative relationship with ordained Church leaders. Inspired Discipleship is exactly this, a ministry of teaching and proclaiming the Word of God, entrusted by the Church hierarchy to an organization of lay people, so that all of us as baptized believers might be strengthened and become more confident, bold, and loving in spreading the kingdom of God.

We operate with ecclesiastical approval from the Archbishop of Detroit and the Bishops of Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Kalamazoo. Our Board of Directors includes clergy and lay leaders. Like many lay apostolates, we operate without financial support from arch/dioceses, giving us a spirituality of seeking to bless the Church through the ministry of teaching, prayer, and proclamation of the Word we offer.

References:
Pope Paul VI, Apostolicam Actuositatem, 1965
Pope Pius XII, Guiding Principles on the Lay Apostolate, 1957