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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.

Resources from Office for Parish Councils:

  Parish Commissions & Committees Manual

  Archdiocese of Milwaukee Parish Pastoral Council Norms


Personnel Resources


Hiring a Catechetical Leader

Process for Hiring for a DRE or DYM Position
Sample Interview Questions
Guidelines for Recruitment, Interviewing, Selection

Sample Job Description for Catechetical Leaders

Director/Coordinator of Religious Education/Faith Formation/Youth Ministry

Places to List Position Openings

Archdiocese of Milwaukee Jobs Webpage
Catholic Herald - Classified Ads
Nearby Dioceses - Green BayMadison,  Chicago
In Word & Witness Career Center (formerly NCCL)
NFCYM Youth Ministry Job Listing
NALM Career Center
Links to Other Ministry Websites

Employee Handbook

Components of Employee Handbook
Personnel Guidelines and Resource Guide

Employing Parish Catechetical Leaders: A Practical Handbook.
Developed by the Wisconsin Directors of Religious Education Federation, this booklet addresses parish planning, job descriptions, hiring, salary & benefits, and evaluation.   Email the Office of Catechesis to request a Handbook.


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

Policy Manual and Frequently Used Forms
Archdiocesan Parish and School Policy Manual



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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