In November 2011, the Australian Catholic Council for Lay Pastoral Ministry (ACCLPM) met for the first time. This was a new advisory Council for the Bishops Commission for Church Ministry. In establishing the council, the bishops recognised the unique contribution of lay ministers working alongside priests and deacons building up the Body of Christ.
To speak of Christian ministry is not to speak of every good thing that disciples do: rather, it is to speak of those activities that build up the body of Christ and serve its mission in the world by witnessing, celebrating and advancing the reign of God.
Cahoy, W. (2012). In the name of the church. Collegeville, Minn.: Liturgical Press, p.46