You have discerned that your congregation needs to hire a Christian educator. Or perhaps your focus is on youth ministry and you want to search for someone who is trained in ministering with youth groups. Or you may be realizing that a traditional education and formation staff person may not be what your congregation needs right now. In all of these situations, there are multiple decisions to be made and no one-size-fits-all solution. So what do you do?
Fortunately, your Massachusetts Conference has three newly updated resources that you can use to find the best person or persons to guide you in forming the faith of your children, youth, and adults. Two of these resources have been available previously, but now they have been re-worked and re-resourced into three “handbooks” that are easier to navigate and use.
This handbook also provides a section on supporting your new faith formation staff person after he/she is hired that includes:
a service of covenanting template
a periodic review process
recommendations for ongoing nurture and support
The “Christian Educator’s Guide”
assists the local church Christian educator in a self assessment to help him/her create a resume, prepare for interviews, and network for the job search. Also included are:
faith formation committee guidelines
recognizing stress and burnout
fostering collegial support
links to current training programs, continuing education, and resources
The Youth Ministry Leader’s Handbook is now in its 4th edition, having been updated with the most recent resources while maintaining the best practices from the “glory days” of youth ministry. It contains:
a link to current youth ministry books, websites, blogs, and curriculum resources
youth ministry committee guidelines
job description template
form templates (medical release, trip permission, incident report)
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