I received an e-mail from a friend who is a DRE, and he asked if I had ever posted about what catechists look for in a Director of Religious Education. I told him that I had not but what a wonderful idea for a post! So…
Catechists: please share a few thoughts about what you look for in a Director of Religious Education!
Just type in your comments in the box below. Thanks!
I think a DRE should be someone who has a personal relationship with Jesus; someone who is organized; someone who always has the time to talk with catechists and address their concerns.
1. A faithful and knowledgeable Catholic
2. Someone with patience & understanding
3. Someone who has been a catechist.
4. Someone approachable, who can make the time to listen.
I would want someone who has completed the Basic Faith Formation and either is a Master Catechist or plans to become one. I would also look for someone who has completed the DRE Specialization and has some classroom experience teaching religion.
I would want someone who had good communication skills and technology savvy. I would also want someone who had a good sense of humor and was able to “bounce back!” I would want them to know it’s not always a 9-5 job and sometimes they may feel discouraged! That’s why it’s very important for them to have a good prayer life.
Joy and a true love for Our Lady and Our Lord.
A willingness to serve selflessly. Besides head knowledge I want heart knowledge.
I really appreciate being able to read these posts. Having been in the classroom as a Catechist for 9 years before I took the job of Asst. DRE for 2 year, I felt I had a pretty good understanding of what the Catechista needed in a DRE. No amount of ‘experience’ would have prepared me for the next 22years as DRE. So many of my Catechists are friends & I wonder, sometimes, just how ‘honest’ they can be with me. All of the suggestions above are good ones and, while I’m doing pretty well in a lot of them, I’m glad to see the ones I can improve in & spend some more time on. Thanks everyone!
Maggie, thanks. It’s always good to hear what people truly expect of us.
Foremost I think is the ability to support and inspire the catechists. This enthusiasm will be passed onto the children. After that, planning skills that avoid surprises, disruptions and distraction, especially before & during class.
I would be looking for the following in a DRE:
-Someone to give guidance to the catechists(maybe having an orientation program etc.)
-Organized and prepared (for example has the end and start dates and days that catechism class will not occur ready for the day we register)
-Enthusiastic about sharing and teaching our faith to ourselves and the children we are teaching
-Encouraging of trying new things, ways, and methods
“Encouraging of trying new things, ways, and methods” Yes.
Someone who is supportive and doesn’t micromanage.