Cross-Cultural, Urban, Reformed, Ecumenical

Director of Faith Formation - Palatine, IL


Listed 10-10-2019
Presbyterian Church of Palatine, 800 E. Palatine Road, Palatine, IL 60074 | 847.358.4650 |

Palatine, IL
Start Date
Part Time

Accountable To:      Pastor/Head of Staff

Reports To:               Pastor & Session
Status:                       Part Time, Salaried Position, 2 Wks. Vacation, No Other Benefits


To provide Biblically based theological, spiritual, and educational guidance to

the PCOP congregation.



To manage the overall, year-around Christian Formation & Education program for all congregation members from birth through adults by:

  • Supporting, guiding and directing the efforts of the Christian Education volunteers.
  • Training teachers / volunteers of all ages and youth volunteer staff.
      • Provide at least two teacher/volunteer training events during the year.
      • Work to plan, organize and facilitate regular teacher’s meetings.
  • Building relationships with members of the congregation to include staff, students, parents, and adult learners.
  • Meeting with the Pastor and volunteers to plan the Vacation Bible School program and the academic year program and the all-church retreat.
  • Provide a quarterly written report, one of which is an annual report
  • Share ideas and resources with PCOP Staff and Session
  • Connecting with the Presbytery of Chicago, the Synod of Lincoln Trails and the General Assembly to have leaders, children, youth and adults take advantage of their camps, retreats and conferences.
  • Submit information to the Monthly Spirit Sightings & Weekly Tidings.
  • Communicating regularly with the session, congregation and presbytery and community.
  • Organizing volunteers to assist in keeping the educational wing, youth rooms and storage closets orderly and accessible for volunteers and maintaining an appropriate educational environment for students.
  • Meeting with the Pastor on a regular basis.
  • Maintaining a calendar of educational opportunities, events, and meetings
  • Keeping a working knowledge of the Confirmation Class curriculum in order to assist the Pastor in either team-teaching, if the curriculum allows for that or substituting for the Pastor upon request.
  • Assisting the Stewardship Team in the annual budgeting process for the Christian Formation and Education programs.
  • Assisting the Season Teams in reviewing and making recommendations for curriculum for all ages.
  • Development & execution of reasonable annual goals for the DFF position
  • Keeping current on trends in Christian Formation & Education for all levels.





Education and Experience

A high school diploma is required. Higher education and training are desirable, particularly if it is in education and/or theology.


Theological Abilities

A mature faith and a heart for sharing God’s love are required. A willingness to work within the Reformed and Presbyterian theology and traditions is needed.


Educational Abilities

An understanding and use of educational theories would be helpful as well as a curiosity about and ability to research resources.


People Skills

An ability to relate to people of all ages is a necessity requiring being personable, reliable and trustworthy. A desire to assist others in using God-given talents and creativity is also required. The ability to keep confidences is also needed.


An ability to staff and attend night meetings and be present Sunday mornings for both the Christian Formation/Education programs and worship is needed. Other events may need the ability to be available for daytime meetings or events.


Communication Skills

An openness to appropriate guidance is required as well as the ability to communicate well in both verbal and written forms.


Office Machine Skills

An ability to operate & utilize a personal computer and office equipment (e.g. Copier) as needed.

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