Our Global End

NCCL exists to promote the ministries of catechesis and evangelization 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.


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


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

E 1.0

Members of NCCL will utilize tools and methods of engagement.

1.1 will participate in professional development.
1.1.1 will take part in the annual membership meeting and convocation.
1.1.2 will participate in web-learning opportunities.

1.2 will optimize digital-platforms for membership engagement.
1.2.1 will access online website-based networking.
1.2.2 will utilize forum, province, diocesan, and other groups.

E 3.0

Members of NCCL will use effective resources.

3.1 will curate, review, evaluate, share, and promote a broad array of tools, models, and frameworks to advance comprehensive, systematic, lifelong, and ongoing discipleship.
3.2 will develop and provide resource training support by leveraging their talents, skills, and expertise.

E 2.0

Members of NCCL will be aware of changing dynamics and landscapes in ministry.

2.1 will analyze the signs of the times through empirical data, experiential anecdotes, research, and study.
2.2 will engage catechetical partners and/or relevant entities outside of the organization as a means to affect better practices, approaches, methodologies, and frameworks.

E 4.0

Members of NCCL will advance organizational effectiveness.

4.1 will advance and abide by standards of ministry professionalism.
4.2 will participate in assuring that the ends and means of the organization are achieved.

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.

Ready to Lead and Teach More Effectively?

Our Leadership

We are

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.

Find & Contact Your Rep

Bringing the teaching ministry of Jesus to every Catholic child, youth, and adult.


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.