Glossary of Lifelong Faith Formation Terms

GLOSSARY OF TERMS

LIFELONG FAITH FORMATION

The following are a list of ministries that a parish might use in its staffing.

Parish Director of Faith Formation   (PDFF)

The person hired for this ministry should be responsible to coordinate the entire scope of faith formation in the parish:

            Adult Faith Formation                   Children’s catechesis

            Sacramental Catechesis                 Family Catechesis

            Intergenerational Catechesis

Qualifications:

      Holds or is working towards  a Master’s Degree in Religious Studies, Theology,  or a related field

      At least three years experience in an administrative position in parish

            Catechetical Ministry

      Understands the principles of Lifelong Faith Formation

      Is able to coordinate, delegate, and direct a variety of activities

      Understands and embraces the principles and practice of collaboration

      Understands and implements diocesan catechetical and sacramental guidelines

Parish Coordinator Adult of Faith Formation    (PCAFF)

The person hired for this position would work in collaboration with the PDFF in developing the adult component of the parish’s lifelong faith formation ministry.

The PCAFF would work in collaboration with the PDFF to insure that all planned adult faith formation events compliment the other formational events in the parish. This person would collaborate with the Parish Sacrament Coordinator when working with RCIA candidates

Qualifications

      Holds or is working toward a Bachelor’s Degree in Religious Studies, Theology, or a  related field

      At least three years experience in  parish catechetical  ministry

      Understands the principles of Lifelong Faith Formation

      Understands and embraces the principles and practice of collaboration

      Has been formed in and understands the principles of adult learning styles

PARISH SACRAMENT COORDINATOR     (PSC)

The person hired for this position would work in collaboration with the PDFF, PCAFF, and the PCCFF, as well as the Director of Liturgy in the parish. This ministry would prepare and direct a formation process for all persons and their families who would  be preparing to celebrate any of the following sacraments:  Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, and Reconciliation.  The PCS would be responsible to gather and form an RCIA team as well facilitating the RCIA sessions. This person would also be responsible t for coordinating the marriage prep process in the parish.

Qualifications

      Holds or is working toward a Bachelor’s Degree in Religious Studies, Theology,  or a  related field

      At least three years experience in  parish catechetical  ministry

      Understands the principles of Lifelong Faith Formation

      Understands and embraces the principles and practice of collaboration

      Has been formed in and understands the principles of adult learning styles

      Understands and implements diocesan catechetical and sacramental guideline

PARISH COORDINATOR FOR CHILDREN’S FAITH FORMATION (PCCFF)

The person hired for this position would work in collaboration with the Parish Director of Faith Formation. The PCCFF would be responsible for the faith formation of children Grades pre-k through 8th grade. The PCCFF would recruit and form the parish catechists, as well as oversee the background checks for all children’s  catechists. The PCCFF would also be responsible for the administration of the children’s faith formation program.  The PCCFF would work in collaboration with     all other ministries to insure that parish based faith formation is accomplished.

Qualifications

      Holds or is working toward  a  Bachelor’s Degree in Religious Studies, Theology, or a  related field

      At least three years experience in  parish catechetical  ministry

      Understands the principles of Lifelong Faith Formation

      Understands and embraces the principles and practice of collaboration

      Has been formed in and understands the principles of adult learning styles

      Is able to explore and create a variety of models of faith formation in order to meet the lifestyles   of the families in the program

SOME TERMS THAT MAY BE HELPFUL IN PARISH PLANNING FOR TRANSITION INTO LIFELONG FAITH FORMATION

INTERGENERATIONAL GATHERINGS

These gatherings are designed to incorporate all age groups in the parish.  They are not EXCLUSIVELY for families with children.  All members of the parish are invited to participate.   These events are all inclusive, offering something for everyone

Possible Themes:

                        Liturgical Year        Morality        Church                                  Liturgy

                        Sacraments              Creed             Prayer/Spirituality            Social Justice

                      * Sacramental Prep                         *Retreats/parish missions

GENERATIONAL GATHERINGS

These gatherings focus on a particular age group.  They include:

            Graded curriculum based catechesis

            Adult Enrichment sessions

* These sessions can be designed for both intergenerational gatherings and generational gatherings           

Events- Centered Catechesis