Sections 28-32 comprise “Chapter VI Formation for the Apostolate” of Apostolicam Actuositatem.
The apostolate can attain its maximum effectiveness only through a diversified and thorough formation.
Formation , implies more than imparting theological or other knowledge. The whole tone of this document thus far has promoted spiritual values: community, prayer, cooperation, atunement to the needs and signs of the times, etc..
(Formation) is demanded not only by the continuous spiritual and doctrinal progress of the lay person(s themselves) but also by the accommodation of (their) activity to circumstances varying according to the affairs, persons, and duties involved. This formation for the apostolate should rest upon those bases which have been stated and proclaimed by this most holy council in other documents.
Don’t neglect particular formation:
In addition to the formation which is common for all Christians, many forms of the apostolate demand also a specific and particular formation because of the variety of persons and circumstances.
I’ll toot the accomplishments of my own diocese in saying this has been a priority for over two decades here, particularly the former aspect, that well-rounded and basic formation for the lay apostolate needed for lay leaders to work as part of the Catholic team that preaches and evangelizes for Christ. Kudos to dioceses who have had the foresight to activate such efforts in compliance with both letter and spirit of the document on the lay apostolate.
However, one does not need a diocese to implement AA’s ideals of lay formation. In the 80′s, there was no lay ministry formation in my home diocese. I had no choice other than to go to school. That wasn’t at all a poor choice. The possibilities have expanded since I graduated in 1988, not just in Rochester, but in many places throughout the country.