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DIRECTOR OF FAITH FORMATION AND EVANGELIZATION

BLESSED SACRAMENT PARISH
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON

Description

This medium-sized Dominican parish, which includes the University of Washington community, is seeking a Director of Faith Formation and Evangelization. The Director will motivate parishioners to gain a greater understanding of the Catholic faith, deepen their spiritual life, and enable them to preach the Gospel by speaking openly in the world about our relationship with God through Jesus Christ in the Holy Spirit.

Working with our community, the Director will take a leadership role in designing and implementing programs which will enhance our parish vision as a Center of Evangelization in the Northwest, a place where Catholics and non-Catholics gather to converse at the intersection of faith and culture.

This position requires energy, commitment, courage and creativity. Successful candidates will be proficient in organizing and teaching, with exceptional leadership and communication skills.

Qualifications

A master's degree in Religious Education, Theology, Pastoral Studies, or a related field is required, with five years of parish experience preferred. This is not an entry-level position. The ability to work effectively and collaboratively with members of the pastoral and administrative staff, parishioners, volunteers and community leaders, is mandatory. Flexibility with respect to working evenings and weekends is also required. Computer skills are essential, including competence in Microsoft Office software. The preferred candidate will have the technical skills needed for producing support materials needed for the formation programs. The candidate must be an active, practicing Roman Catholic.

To Apply

The position is currently available. The salary is fair and competitive, depending on experience, with a generous benefits package. Finalists will be interviewed in Seattle. To obtain a job application, please send your resume to hr@bspwa.org by November 15, 2012.

Blessed Sacrament Parish is located at 5050 8th Avenue NE, Seattle, WA 98105.


PARISH DESCRIPTION

Blessed Sacrament Parish, located in Seattle, Washington, is a Dominican parish with over 1200 registered households. It is located in one of the most beautiful cities in America, yet one that is also known to be one of the most unchurched cities in the country.

The vision of Blessed Sacrament Parish is to be a Center of Faith Formation and Evangelization. This vision stems from the Constitutions of the worldwide Dominican Order, which states, in the Acta from the Chapter of Caleruega:

In parishes we must not be satisfied with preaching to those who come to Mass. We require every province to consider its present commitment to parishes and ask if each one represents the best basis for itinerancy in preaching to the unchurched. Is a particular parish a basis of new evangelization? Can it become so? If not we should probably hand it over to the diocese. (Chapter 2, no. 37)
Blessed Sacrament is a parish of choice, and attracts people from the greater Seattle area. Catholics are drawn to Blessed Sacrament by its beautiful liturgies, its excellent preaching, its outreach ministries, and its education and faith formation programs, which are seen to constitute the centerpiece of parish life.


DIRECTOR OF FAITH FORMATION AND EVANGELIZATION

JOB DESCRIPTION

I. POSITION PURPOSE

Develops, implements and directs curricula and opportunities for the spiritual and intellectual formation of parishioners at Blessed Sacrament Parish, from those who are taking their first steps toward a relationship with God, to those who are mature in their faith, ready to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ and His Church to others. The key goals of this position are to foster inner conversion among the faithful, to teach the truths of the Catholic faith, and to develop a community that sustains the practice of our faith, so that our parishioners are formed to evangelize.

II. MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

A. Collaborates with the pastor, staff, and consultative bodies (including the parish councils and committees) in implementing the mission of Blessed Sacrament as both a parish and a center of faith formation and evangelization.

B. Leads the pastoral team and lay leaders in implementing the mission of the parish as a center of faith formation and evangelization.

C. Works closely with our Director of Religious Education to implement a comprehensive program of faith formation. Plans, develops and implements a faith formation program according to original or pre-existing models, as delegated by the pastor (e.g. educational series, community-building groups, special events, workshops, youth ministry, etc.).

D. Plans, develops and implements a comprehensive program of evangelization implementing the New Evangelization to reach the uncatechized, the fallen away, and the unchurched, according to original or pre-existing models as delegated by the pastor.

E. Leads planning meetings related to faith formation and evangelization objectives, strategies, goals and events.

F. Plans and arranges course work, prepares and teaches classes in specified areas.

G. Develops and distributes written materials which support faith formation and evangelization.

H. Recruits, trains, motivates, and directs volunteers involved with faith formation and evangelization activities and programs.

I. Develops and administers the budget for faith formation and evangelization.

J. Promotes active parishioner engagement in parish life (e.g. Mass attendance, service opportunities, social functions, community building, and spiritual formation, etc.).

K. Researches and implements ways to motivate inactive parishioners (e.g. coordinates parish ministry fairs, develops and implements an outreach approach to newly-registered parishioners, etc.).

L. Maintains a level of knowledge and skills required for this ministry through reading, research, and participation in pertinent workshops, classes, and conventions.

M. Performs other duties as assigned.