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Parish Leadership

Resources for formation commissions, committees, clergy and council members..

Christian Formation Committees

Christian Formation CommitteesIn the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, the pastoral council of each parish is to have a Formation Commission or Committee to provide guidance and support for the formational mission of the parish. This is a standing committee of the pastoral council that collaborates with the pastor and staff on programs of evangelization and catechesis.  The members help develop and promote opportunities for lifelong faith formation aimed at personal conversion and growth in faith.

The commission may have another name, such as Christian Formation Committee, Religious Education Commission or Lifelong Faith Formation Committee.

Guidelines for commissions are included in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee Parish Pastoral Council Norms.

The Office for Parish Councils offers an online resource for committees: Parish Commissions & Committees Manual


Personnel Resources


Hiring a Catechetical Leader

Process for Hiring for a DRE or DYM Position
Sample Interview Questions

Sample Job Descriptions for Catechetical Leaders

Director of Religious Education
Coordinator of Youth Ministry 
Director of Youth Ministry
Youth Ministry Leadership


Places to List Position Openings

Archdiocese of Milwaukee Jobs Webpage
Catholic Herald - Classified Ads
Nearby Dioceses - Green BayMadison,  Chicago
NCCL Career Center
NFCYM Youth Ministry Job Bank
Links to Other Ministry Websites

Employing Parish Catechetical Leaders: A Practical Handbook.
Developed by the Wisconsin Directors of Religious Education Federation, this print booklet addresses parish planning, job descriptions, hiring, salary & benefits, and evaluation. Available from the Office of Catechesis & Youth Ministry.  Order Form.


Guidelines for Parishes

Parish Guidelines

Curriculum guidelines, policies, and resources


Grade-Specific Religion Curriculum - Guidelines for 4K-8

Safe Environment Guidelines - Applicable to parish programs


Parish Libraries

Parish Libraries Page
Resources for Parish Librarians

Parish Library Roundtable
Annual event for sharing best practices and networking


Role of the Parish

The parish is the preeminent place for the catechesis of adults, youth, and children. "Knowledge of the faith, liturgical life, the following of Christ are all a gift of the Spirit which are received in prayer, and similarly a duty of spiritual and moral study and witness..." Pastors have the duty to provide catechesis; parishioners have a reciprocal duty to participate in and support the catechetical activities of the parish. Parish catechetical efforts should be in harmony with the catechetical goals and objectives of the diocese.
-Nat'l Directory of Catechesis, 228-229

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