Self Evaluation PDF – Growing as a Catechist

As we reflect on and evaluate this past catechetical year, I thought it would be helpful to once again make available a Self-Evaluation tool that I put together a couple of years ago, based on seven “tools” drawn from my book, The Catechist’s Toolbox.

I encourage you to share this evaluation with another catechist, a group of catechists, or with your catechetical leader. It’s always good for us to reflect on our experience to see how the Holy Spirit is calling us to grow in our ministry.

Of the seven tools included in this self-evaluation (your own ongoing formation, planning and preparing your lessons, preparing the learning environment, including a variety of engaging activities, maintaining discipline, leading prayer, polishing your technique), which did you evaluate yourself most strongly in and which do you feel you most need to improve on in the coming year?

Share your thoughts below in the space under “Leave a Reply.”

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Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at

3 Comments on Self Evaluation PDF – Growing as a Catechist

  1. “My lessons always included a wide variety of engaging activities that enabled my learners to be active, not passive and that allowed us to use the textbook as a resource, not as the sole source of learning.” A perfectly stated goal.

    • Actually all 7 are very well-thought out and expressed. As long as I’ve been catechizing, these points still give me things to consider. If I’d seen this list in 1999, I’d’ve been a little bit better catechist from the get-go.

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