Co-Director of Faith Formation – St. Michael Catholic Church (New Lothrop, MI)

Religious Education, FT Employee
St. Michael Catholic Church (New Lothrop, MI)

The Co-Director of Faith Formation performs work of major responsibility requiring a high level of initiative, judgment, organizational ability, and knowledge of the interrelated functions of the position and the parish. Whenever possible, every effort is made to share in the planning and coordination of activities and programs with the DRE of our linked parish, Mary of the Immaculate Conception. The position is distinguished from the Coordinator of Faith Formation by the extent of education and experience required and the amount of independence exercised in carrying out tasks, and the scope of responsibilities assigned.

Plans and directs the following parish faith formation programs: Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, Out of District, Youth Groups, SPRED, R.C.I.A., Adult Education, Sacramental (Reconciliation, Confirmation, Eucharist)

Recruits, motivates, and forms volunteers to serve as responsible catechists and helpers for the vast number of faith formation programs

Conducts catechist formation according to diocesan policies

Directs the selection process, purchases texts and materials, and instructs catechists in their use

Works with the Business Manager in the preparation of the religious education budget

Serves as the chair on the Education Commission

Provides parish staff resources and in-services for catechists

Initiates and maintains accurate records on all students
This includes creating, mailing, and compiling of registration forms for all Religious Education programs (forms include but are not limited to registration, media release, medical release, and emergency contact forms) and maintaining accurate lists for Out of District grade levels, youth groups, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, Vacation Bible School, etc.

Maintains professional updating through research, workshops, reading, and contact with peers

Presents a complete evaluation of the year’s program to Pastor – early June

Promotes good public relations both within and beyond the parish and is involved in regional and diocesan events

Keeps all information necessary to this parish bound in strict confidentiality

Specific Duties:
-Coordinate Sacramental Programs – Reconciliation, Confirmation, First Eucharist
-Develop schedule and lesson plans for sessions
-Along with the pastor, plan sacramental celebrations
-Communicate necessary information to parents and parish staff
-Provide sacramental sessions for older children as necessary
-Teach Parent Sessions as requested by pastor
-Record Sacraments (Reconciliation, Confirmation, Eucharist) into Sacramental Books
-Coordinate Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
-Develop schedules
-Substitute for catechists as necessary
-Coordinate Out of District Religious Education
-Create schedule of classes
-Catechist recruitment, orientation, training, and evaluations
-Schedule Virtus training/maintain Compliance file on all in contact with youth (paid/ volunteer)
-Monthly staff meetings with catechist staff
-Provide continuing education classes/seminars for catechist certification
-Coordinate Youth Group Leaders
-Recruiting and evaluating of youth leaders
-Providing direction for youth leaders
-Setting up guidelines for catechesis and activities
-Monthly meetings with youth leader staff
-Coordinate Seasonal Events
-Develop and coordinate Family Advent and Lenten activity
-Assist with Mitten Tree Mass Planning
-Coordinate Vacation Bible School as well as a parish play or fundraiser for VBS

Pastor – close working relationship in planning and carrying out programs

Parish Staff – close cooperation and communication and seek staff involvement and input when appropriate

Linked Parish-shared planning and coordination of programs and events whenever possible (Examples of shared items include but are not limited to: adult faith enrichment, Vacation Bible School, sacramental programs and celebrations)

Parish Pastoral Council – attend meetings as necessary and report on Religious Education

Other Parish Commissions – communicate and collaborate with appropriate commissions, i.e., Liturgy, Christian Service, Stewardship, etc.

Parents and Parishioners – regular communication, and seek input as appropriate

Diocesan Offices – regular communications, adherence to diocesan policies, participation in diocesan meetings and workshops

Hours of work are typically Monday through Friday from 8am to 4pm. Because of the diverse nature of this position, evening and weekend work may, at times, be required. Compensation for this time will be granted on a case by case basis with permission of the pastor.
Work is performed primarily in an office setting. Employee is required to perform close computer work. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to stand, walk, talk, reach, sit, hear, and use repetitive motion of the hands/wrists and feet. The employee may be required to lift up to 20 lbs.

Travel for meetings and seminars and youth events will be necessary at times

The ideal candidate is a flexible, energetic person of faith with a deep love of Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church, who is able to connect with parishioners and form them in discipleship and evangelization. She or he must be committed to taking part in ongoing formation conducted by the diocese, by approved online classes, or in some other way. In the application process, the person should demonstrate an understanding and support of official Catholic teaching, especially as presented in Vatican II documents and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The candidate should have at least five years experience with a parish faith formation program.
Recommended: M.A. in Theology, Religious Education, Scripture, Liturgical Studies or a related field

Basic Catechist Certification required; Master Catechist Certification desired

Record of attendance at diocesan workshops and programs for ongoing education

Knowledge of:
Principles of catechesis, catechetical resources and their application for all age levels
Contemporary church documents, origins and development of the Church’s teachings: scripture, theology, spirituality, liturgy
Diocesan and national expectations and trends in catechesis
The Church’s vision for discipleship and evangelization (for example, cf. the USCCB document, Disciples Called to Witness)
Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Professional: Word, Excel, Power Point, Publisher

Ability to recruit volunteers for faith formation programs and functions
Very detail oriented
Facilitate effective group interaction and team work
Design appropriate catechetical programs and curriculum for adults, adolescents, children based on church documents
Review, evaluate and develop programs, long and short range goals and objectives.
Assemble literary and audio-visual resources and use media and technology for effective program implementation
Promote and implement diocesan policies and guidelines regarding faith formation and respond to requests for reports, surveys and program evaluations (0)

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