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1 RECRUITING AND TRAINING VOLUNTEER CATECHISTS

2 Part 1 Who is a Catechist?

3 Overview FUnderstanding Volunteerism FThe catechist’s role as vocation FRole description for the volunteer catechist FWhat Church documents say FWhat Scripture says FUnderstanding Volunteerism FThe catechist’s role as vocation FRole description for the volunteer catechist FWhat Church documents say FWhat Scripture says

4 Outcomes As a result of this segment you will be able to: F Identify the principal reasons why people volunteer FArticulate the role of catechist as a vocation FCreate a working role description for a volunteer catechist FPlace catechist’s role descriptions in the context of Scripture and Church documents As a result of this segment you will be able to: F Identify the principal reasons why people volunteer FArticulate the role of catechist as a vocation FCreate a working role description for a volunteer catechist FPlace catechist’s role descriptions in the context of Scripture and Church documents

5 Why People Volunteer FAchievement FChallenge FCreativity FIndependence FLeadership FRecognition FSelf-Expression FService FSocialization FAchievement FChallenge FCreativity FIndependence FLeadership FRecognition FSelf-Expression FService FSocialization

6 “Idea Pool, Volunteer Support And Recognition"

7 The Catechist’s Role as Vocation “The vocation of the laity to catechesis springs from the sacrament of Baptism.” (GDC #231) “The vocation of the laity to catechesis springs from the sacrament of Baptism.” (GDC #231)

8 The Catechist’s Role as Vocation “Indeed, efforts must be made to encourage in parishes and Christian communities vocations for catechesis.” (GDC #233)

9 A Sample Role Description

10 Jesus’ Role Description for Discipleship “But how are they to call on one in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in one whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him? And how are they to proclaim him unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” Romans (NRSV) “But how are they to call on one in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in one whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him? And how are they to proclaim him unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” Romans (NRSV)

11 Part 2: Recruiting and Screening

12 Overview FCreating a positive “buzz” FRecruiting FTailoring tools FHandling objections FScreening FCreating a positive “buzz” FRecruiting FTailoring tools FHandling objections FScreening

13 Outcomes As a result of this segment you will be able to: FCommunicate the image of your program in ways that motivate volunteers FPlan effective recruiting strategies FScreen prospective catechists with confidence and purpose As a result of this segment you will be able to: FCommunicate the image of your program in ways that motivate volunteers FPlan effective recruiting strategies FScreen prospective catechists with confidence and purpose

14 Our Religious Education Program Is…

15 Creating a Positive Buzz FMinisters and Marketers

16 “No one who lights a lamp hides it away or places it under a bushel basket, but on a lampstand so that those who enter might see the light.” Luke “No one who lights a lamp hides it away or places it under a bushel basket, but on a lampstand so that those who enter might see the light.” Luke 11.33

17 Creating a Positive Buzz FMinisters and Marketers FOwnership leads to involvement FQuality is key FMinisters and Marketers FOwnership leads to involvement FQuality is key

18 “Use good paper and a good printing process…If you have something well-thought- out…prospective volunteers…get the idea that your program is concrete.” --The Effective DRE/Recruiting “Use good paper and a good printing process…If you have something well-thought- out…prospective volunteers…get the idea that your program is concrete.” --The Effective DRE/Recruiting

19 “For the children of this world are more prudent in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light.” Luke 16.8 “For the children of this world are more prudent in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light.” Luke 16.8

20 Recruit Early and Often and Don’t Do It Alone! FForm a recruiting committee FStart early (Jan/Feb) FMarket everywhere FJesus’ method of recruiting FForm a recruiting committee FStart early (Jan/Feb) FMarket everywhere FJesus’ method of recruiting

21 Gender is not an indicator of time, talent, or willingness to teach. Invite everyone to live their baptismal call. Gender is not an indicator of time, talent, or willingness to teach. Invite everyone to live their baptismal call.

22 Screening FThe Interview FThe Channeling FThe Paperwork FThe Interview FThe Channeling FThe Paperwork

23 The Interview The Joy of Discovery

24 “Catechist Interest Form” Thank you for your interest in teaching! Please give some thought to the following statement and bring this completed sheet to our meeting on _____at____in the Religious Education Office. I look forward to seeing you. 1. My primary reason for wanting to teach is: 2. When it comes to teaching… My fear is that: My hope is that: I am excited about: 3. I feel I offer the following talents and skills in this ministry: 4. I feel I need the following things to make me a good catechist: 5. I am a person of faith because: 6. The ways I would like to grow in my faith are: Thank you for your interest in teaching! Please give some thought to the following statement and bring this completed sheet to our meeting on _____at____in the Religious Education Office. I look forward to seeing you. 1. My primary reason for wanting to teach is: 2. When it comes to teaching… My fear is that: My hope is that: I am excited about: 3. I feel I offer the following talents and skills in this ministry: 4. I feel I need the following things to make me a good catechist: 5. I am a person of faith because: 6. The ways I would like to grow in my faith are:

25 The Channeling Never waste a volunteer

26 Dismissing a Catechist FInform FInstruct FInspire FInform FInstruct FInspire

27 The Paperwork Consult Your Diocesan Office FApplication for Parish Catechist FApplication for Volunteer Service FSample Reference Letter FApplication Form for Minors FParish Catechist Referral Form FCatechetical Staff Record FApplication for Parish Catechist FApplication for Volunteer Service FSample Reference Letter FApplication Form for Minors FParish Catechist Referral Form FCatechetical Staff Record

28 “Catechists must be able to be, at one and the same time, teachers, educators, and witnesses of the faith.” GDC #237 “Catechists must be able to be, at one and the same time, teachers, educators, and witnesses of the faith.” GDC #237

29 Part 3: Developing Skills

30 Developing skills FConsidering differences: responding to needs FHey, who’s got time to train? I’m just glad they said “YES”! FDesigning catechist training sessions FConsidering differences: responding to needs FHey, who’s got time to train? I’m just glad they said “YES”! FDesigning catechist training sessions

31 Outcomes As a result of this segment you will be able to: FIdentify your challenges and concerns in training catechists FOutline the needs and concerns of new, returning, and veteran catechists FUse an assessment tool to plan catechist inservice opportunities FApply principles for adult learning to create dynamic and effective catechist training As a result of this segment you will be able to: FIdentify your challenges and concerns in training catechists FOutline the needs and concerns of new, returning, and veteran catechists FUse an assessment tool to plan catechist inservice opportunities FApply principles for adult learning to create dynamic and effective catechist training

32 Considering Differences: Responding to Needs FWhat comes after they’ve said “Yes!”? FCatechists are not a homogenous group FWhat comes after they’ve said “Yes!”? FCatechists are not a homogenous group

33 “New, Returning, and Veteran Catechists.”

34 Who’s got time to train? FHave you ever heard this…? FAssessing your past year’s efforts in four areas: FOrientation FTheological Education FSkill Development FSpiritual Growth FHave you ever heard this…? FAssessing your past year’s efforts in four areas: FOrientation FTheological Education FSkill Development FSpiritual Growth Strong = 1, Good = 2, Mediocre = 3, Weak = 4

35 Training Options FIndependent training opportunities FGroup training at the parish must be: FOrganized and systematic FBased on needs FBased on diocesan certification FLocal, regional, diocesan, and national training opportunities FIndependent training opportunities FGroup training at the parish must be: FOrganized and systematic FBased on needs FBased on diocesan certification FLocal, regional, diocesan, and national training opportunities

36 “Volunteers’ Theological Background and Skills Needs”

37 “Things to Keep in Mind When Designing Your Training Session”

38 Designing Catechist Training Sessions FRecall one of your best or worst adult learning experiences FWhat ingredients made the experience: FVery good FVery poor FRecall one of your best or worst adult learning experiences FWhat ingredients made the experience: FVery good FVery poor

39 “Principles for Adult Learning”

40 Part 4: Supporting and Retaining Volunteers

41 Overview FSupport and recognition of volunteers FDefinitions and distinctions FSupport, recognition, and role of the DRE FMotivation as a key FSupport and recognition of volunteers FDefinitions and distinctions FSupport, recognition, and role of the DRE FMotivation as a key

42 Outcomes As a result of this segment you will be able to: FStructure a support framework to ensure catechist well-being FIdentify “support and recognition” approaches that work for you As a result of this segment you will be able to: FStructure a support framework to ensure catechist well-being FIdentify “support and recognition” approaches that work for you

43 Support and Recognition FFavorite approaches FTeamwork is essential FWith staff, catechists, and parents FAll with parish community FEach and all as responsible FDRE as team leader FFavorite approaches FTeamwork is essential FWith staff, catechists, and parents FAll with parish community FEach and all as responsible FDRE as team leader

44 Personal Support Is… FKnowing where to go with a problem FKnowing it’s OK to ask for help FBeing held accountable FHaving others care in times of need FHaving others celebrate with you in times of joy FKnowing where to go with a problem FKnowing it’s OK to ask for help FBeing held accountable FHaving others care in times of need FHaving others celebrate with you in times of joy

45 Individual Affirmation Is: SMART FSpecific FMeaningful FAuthentic FRelevant FTimely FSpecific FMeaningful FAuthentic FRelevant FTimely

46 Public Recognition: Principle Approaches FFormal commissioning FAppreciation dinner FAwards or certificates FPublishing volunteer names FFormal commissioning FAppreciation dinner FAwards or certificates FPublishing volunteer names

47 “Public Recognition Action Plan”

48 Support, Recognition, and the Role of the DRE FResourcing FSupervision FRecord Keeping FAssessment for Growth FResourcing FSupervision FRecord Keeping FAssessment for Growth

49 Ongoing Support, Recognition, and the Role of the DRE”

50 Why People Volunteer


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