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RECRUITING AND TRAINING VOLUNTEER CATECHISTS. Part 1 Who is a Catechist?. Overview. Understanding Volunteerism The catechist’s role as vocation Role description for the volunteer catechist What Church documents say What Scripture says. Outcomes.

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Part 1 who is a catechist

Part 1Who is a Catechist?


Overview
Overview

  • Understanding Volunteerism

  • The catechist’s role as vocation

  • Role description for the volunteer catechist

  • What Church documents say

  • What Scripture says


Outcomes
Outcomes

As a result of this segment you will be able to:

  • Identify the principal reasons why people volunteer

  • Articulate the role of catechist as a vocation

  • Create a working role description for a volunteer catechist

  • Place catechist’s role descriptions in the context of Scripture and Church documents


Why people volunteer
Why People Volunteer

  • Achievement

  • Challenge

  • Creativity

  • Independence

  • Leadership

  • Recognition

  • Self-Expression

  • Service

  • Socialization



The catechist s role as vocation
The Catechist’s Role as Vocation

“The vocation of the laity to catechesis springs from the sacrament of Baptism.”

(GDC #231)


The catechist s role as vocation1
The Catechist’s Role as Vocation

“Indeed, efforts must be made to encourage in parishes and Christian communities vocations for catechesis.” (GDC #233)



Jesus role description for discipleship
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 10.14-15 (NRSV)



Overview1
Overview

  • Creating a positive “buzz”

  • Recruiting

  • Tailoring tools

  • Handling objections

  • Screening


Outcomes1
Outcomes

As a result of this segment you will be able to:

  • Communicate the image of your program in ways that motivate volunteers

  • Plan effective recruiting strategies

  • Screen prospective catechists with confidence and purpose



Creating a positive buzz
Creating a Positive Buzz

  • Ministers and Marketers


“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


Creating a positive buzz1
Creating a Positive Buzz a bushel basket, but on a lampstand so that those who enter might see the light.”

  • Ministers and Marketers

  • Ownership leads to involvement

  • Quality is key


“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


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

Luke 16.8


Recruit early and often and don t do it alone
Recruit Early and Often and Don’t Do It Alone! dealing with their own generation than are the children of light.”

  • Form a recruiting committee

  • Start early (Jan/Feb)

  • Market everywhere

  • Jesus’ method of recruiting


Gender is not an indicator of time, talent, or willingness to teach.

Invite everyone to live their baptismal call.


Screening
Screening to teach.

  • The Interview

  • The Channeling

  • The Paperwork


The interview
The Interview to teach.

The Joy of Discovery


Catechist interest form
“Catechist Interest Form” to teach.

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:


The channeling
The Channeling to teach.

Never waste a volunteer


Dismissing a catechist
Dismissing a Catechist to teach.

  • Inform

  • Instruct

  • Inspire


The paperwork consult your diocesan office
The Paperwork to teach.Consult Your Diocesan Office

  • Application for Parish Catechist

  • Application for Volunteer Service

  • Sample Reference Letter

  • Application Form for Minors

  • Parish Catechist Referral Form

  • Catechetical Staff Record


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

GDC #237


Part 3 developing skills
Part 3: Developing Skills teachers, educators, and witnesses of the faith.”


Developing skills
Developing skills teachers, educators, and witnesses of the faith.”

  • Considering differences: responding to needs

  • Hey, who’s got time to train? I’m just glad they said “YES”!

  • Designing catechist training sessions


Outcomes2
Outcomes teachers, educators, and witnesses of the faith.”

As a result of this segment you will be able to:

  • Identify your challenges and concerns in training catechists

  • Outline the needs and concerns of new, returning, and veteran catechists

  • Use an assessment tool to plan catechist inservice opportunities

  • Apply principles for adult learning to create dynamic and effective catechist training


Considering differences responding to needs
Considering Differences: Responding to Needs teachers, educators, and witnesses of the faith.”

  • What comes after they’ve said “Yes!”?

  • Catechists are not a homogenous group


“New, Returning, and Veteran Catechists.” teachers, educators, and witnesses of the faith.”


Who s got time to train
Who’s got time to train? teachers, educators, and witnesses of the faith.”

  • Have you ever heard this…?

  • Assessing your past year’s efforts in four areas:

    • Orientation

    • Theological Education

    • Skill Development

    • Spiritual Growth

Strong = 1, Good = 2, Mediocre = 3, Weak = 4


Training options
Training Options teachers, educators, and witnesses of the faith.”

  • Independent training opportunities

  • Group training at the parish must be:

    • Organized and systematic

    • Based on needs

    • Based on diocesan certification

  • Local, regional, diocesan, and national training opportunities


“Volunteers’ Theological Background and Skills Needs” teachers, educators, and witnesses of the faith.”



Designing catechist training sessions
Designing Catechist Training Sessions Session”

  • Recall one of your best or worst adult learning experiences

  • What ingredients made the experience:

    • Very good

    • Very poor




Overview2
Overview Session”

  • Support and recognition of volunteers

  • Definitions and distinctions

  • Support, recognition, and role of the DRE

  • Motivation as a key


Outcomes3
Outcomes Session”

As a result of this segment you will be able to:

  • Structure a support framework to ensure catechist well-being

  • Identify “support and recognition” approaches that work for you


Support and recognition
Support and Recognition Session”

  • Favorite approaches

  • Teamwork is essential

    • With staff, catechists, and parents

    • All with parish community

    • Each and all as responsible

    • DRE as team leader


Personal support is
Personal Support Is… Session”

  • Knowing where to go with a problem

  • Knowing it’s OK to ask for help

  • Being held accountable

  • Having others care in times of need

  • Having others celebrate with you in times of joy


Individual affirmation is smart
Individual Affirmation Is: SMART Session”

  • Specific

  • Meaningful

  • Authentic

  • Relevant

  • Timely


Public recognition principle approaches
Public Recognition: Principle Approaches Session”

  • Formal commissioning

  • Appreciation dinner

  • Awards or certificates

  • Publishing volunteer names



Support recognition and the role of the dre
Support, Recognition, and the Role of the DRE Session”

  • Resourcing

  • Supervision

  • Record Keeping

  • Assessment for Growth




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