The Faith Formation Committee develops within the parish an awareness that the parish community has the responsibility for promoting the educational / formational aspect of the Church’s mission. Christian Formation is a lifelong process aimed at personal conversion and growth in faith. This committee gives advice to staff members on the design, implementation and evaluation of the total Christian educational/formational program in the parish, which includes: sacramental preparation, adult and family ministry, youth ministry, school ministry and child ministry.
The committee structure provides for a comprehensive approach to Christian education/formation by acting as the overall coordinating and integrating body regarding all aspects of Christian education/formation in the parish. This committee respects the roles and responsibilities of the parish employees as defined in their job descriptions.
- Assists in the development of the long-range plans for Christian education/ formation of the parish providing for a comprehensive approach for all ages and stages in life.
- Identifies parish needs regarding Christian education/formation programs.
- Develops and recommends to the parish council educational/formational policies which are consistent with archdiocesan policies and guidelines.
- Determines budget priorities in the areas of the committee’s responsibilities and makes recommendations to the parish council through the Administrative Committee.
- Develops sources of revenue for the operations of the educational/formational programs in conformity with parish policies and in collaboration with program administrators.
- Assists the pastor/administrator in defining the roles, responsibilities and relationships (job descriptions) of the educational administrators and parish council regarding educational/formational programs. Committee members may serve on search, grievance or conciliation committees.
- Facilitates communication and coordination among all educational/formational programs of the parish by reporting to the parish council, the parish community, the district and archdiocese.