Classification: Exempt, Full Time
Reports to: Director of Family Discipleship
The Pastor is the visible principle and foundation of unity in the parish (St. Louis King of France Catholic Church and School - Austin, Texas) which the Bishop has entrusted to him. He makes Christ's mission present and enduring in the parish. In order to fulfill his mission, the Pastor employs suitable, chosen collaborators (clergy and lay people). He shares with them his mission and entrusts various responsibilities to them.
Positions employed at St. Louis King of France Catholic Church and School - Austin, Texas help to extend the ministry of the Pastor in particular ways as outlined in the job description. Therefore, the employee in this position is closely connected to and assists the Pastor in the performance of his ministry and thereby engages in ministry for the Church.
We are "deeply convinced...that "the path to the future passes through the family"" (Christifidelis Laici, 41). Family Discipleship is a new team being formed under the idea of the domestic church as the ordinary means of evangelization. Jesus modeled for us discipleship in the context of small groups and relationships. The family exists as a small group, created by God for the sake of making disciples. "The Christian family, as the "domestic Church", ...makes up a natural and fundamental school for formation in the faith: father and mother receive from the Sacrament of Matrimony the grace and the ministry of the Christian education of their children" (Christifidelis Laici, 62). The Family Discipleship team will work to make disciples in the context of these small groups, first the family but also small groups of parishioners. "There exist in the world countless people who unfortunately cannot in any sense claim membership of what could be called in the proper sense a family...for all of these people there exists a "good news of the family...No one is without a family in this world: the Church is a home and family for everyone, especially those who "labor and are heavy laden."" (Familiaris Consortio, 85)
The Adult & Family Minister is an essential member of the Family Discipleship team and coordinates adult and family ministries in English. The Adult & Family Minister engages parents as the primary educators of their children; works to move adults and families from the "encounter" stages of evangelization into the "grow" and "witness" phases of discipleship formation. Attention should be given to sensitivity to cultural diversity.
Essential Job Duties:
Adult & Family Ministry in English
Design, direct, and realize opportunities for adults and families to grow in their faith at home and in their parish community through retreats, workshops, and other relational events guided by the mission of making disciples.
Plan, organize, and implement parish level opportunities for adults to worship, learn, socialize, and serve in the Catholic faith. Publicize and advertise programs and events.
Primarily responsible for implementing Whole Family Catechesis/Formation together with the Family Discipleship team with the goal of parents growing in discipleship together so that they might be equipped to make disciples of their children.
Provide pastoral care of adults and adult ministry volunteers.
Implement and support small groups that nurture discipleship formation, including family discipleship groups.
Provides resources and workshops to families to equip them to build the domestic Church throughout the stages of family life. (i.e., Christian parenting, couple prayer, etc.)
Provides support for families in difficult circumstances (bereavement, divorce, widowed, infertility, addictions, immigration, blended families, children with special needs, etc.).
Support Young Adult ministry with the goal of forming young adults and sending as missionary disciples.
Serve as a resource in various parish adult formation groups, including:
The King's Men
Women at the Well
Divine Mercy Cenacles
In collaboration with the Director of Family Discipleship, coordinate opportunities for deepening catechesis for adults (Bible studies, speaker series, etc.).
Provide tools for adults to deepen their spiritual lives, such as books, pamphlets and online resources (Formed.org, Hallow, etc.).
Support the Director of Family Discipleship & the Pastor in planning Advent and Lenten parish missions.
Collaborates with the Family Discipleship team to provide family activities and formation that support the domestic church such as, but not limited to: Breakfast with Santa, Stations of the Cross in Lent, and Advent and Lent celebrations.
Collaborate with Sacrament Preparation, Children's and Youth Ministry for parent education.
Provides programs and resources for marriage enrichment (workshops, marriage coaching, events) and support to movements that promote marriage and family life (e.g., Marriage Encounter, Retrouvaille, Cursillo, etc.).
Provides resources for training in Natural Family Planning.
Along with other pastoral staff, will be responsible for outreach to new and potentially unengaged parishioners.
Develop an effective team of volunteers to serve as ministers to adults and families. Form, equip and send volunteer leaders.
Establish and administer an annual budget for adult and family ministries in collaboration with the Director of Family Discipleship.
Recruit, train, supervise, evaluate and dismiss volunteers, catechists and team members as needed.
Serve as a resource and planning consultant with special ministry/programs such as prayer groups, parish community events, etc.
Collaborate with the Volunteer & Event Coordinator to coordinate the use of parish facilities and ensure EIM compliance of volunteers.
Collaborate with Administrative Assistant to support needs of ministries.
Meet with the Director of Family Discipleship on a regular basis for ongoing evaluation and guidance of the ministry.
Attend scheduled staff meetings and other events as required.
Skills, Knowledge and Abilities (SKA)
Understands the role of family as domestic Church within the mission of evangelization.
Mission driven and a creative problem solver.
Understands Catholic teaching on evangelization as presented in Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the documents of Vatican II, Papal encyclicals, documents of the USCCB, and other relevant Church documents.
Knowledge of comprehensive adult discipleship ministry.
Skilled and proficient in verbal and non-verbal communication.
Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred.
Skilled and proficient in social media, A/V, and marketing skills.
Ability to operate various word-processing software, spreadsheets, and database programs.
Ability to collaborate effectively with others (staff, clergy, religious, and laity).
Ability to provide excellent customer service to internal and external customers.
Ability to organize, prioritize, and utilize effective time management techniques.
Ability to maintain respect at all times.
Ability to follow instructions furnished in verbal or written format.
Knowledge of team leadership strategies.
Public speaking and teaching ability.
Ability to work independently.
Ability as a spiritual leader, including comfort in spontaneous prayers out loud and over others.
Education, Experience and Trainings:
3-5 years' experience in evangelization or Catholic ministry.
Bachelor's degree in theology, religious education, pastoral ministry, or related field from an accredited American university or equivalent in a foreign country preferred.
Must be a practicing Catholic in good standing.
Valid Texas driver's license.
Must maintain compliance with the Diocese of Austin Ethics and Integrity in Ministry (EIM) policies throughout the employment period.
Mental / Physical Tasks:
Using office equipment, stapler, telephone, etc.
Reading and comprehending
Using personal computer
Thinking critically - Analyzing facts, theories, situations - Making public presentations - Reading & comprehending
All employees of the parish are engaged in ministry and closely tied to the Pastor in the exercise of his ministry and obligations to the church.
The parish is an at-will employer, which means the employment relationship can be terminated at any time, with or without notice, by either the employee or the employer.
All buildings and vehicles owned by the parish are tobacco free.
Working in a fast-paced environment with priorities and plans that may change rapidly.
Working on weekends, evenings, and some holidays may be required.
Will be exposed to religious ceremonies, conduct, and speech including Catholic Christian prayer and liturgical celebrations.
Will be required to adhere to established dress codes and conduct standards.
May be required to use personal or parish vehicles to drive to off-site locations.
Traveling within and outside the parish to meetings and other events may be required, and travel may include overnight lodging.
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