Recently, I came across a couple of parishes that take a unique approach to scheduling catechist formation so that it is integral to their faith formation program and not seen as something optional.
One parish that holds their faith formation sessions weekly on Monday evenings designates the first Monday of each month for catechist formation. The young people do not have classes on that evening, but catechists are required to attend. Since the formation sessions occur on the same evening that the catechists have set aside for teaching classes, attendance is excellent. As a result, catechist formation is seen as integral to the role of being a catechist.
Another parish does not begin their children’s faith formation sessions until October so that the entire month of September can be used for weekly catechist formation experiences.
Both approaches sacrifice a little time with the kids so that the adult catechists receive some quality time for initial and ongoing formation.
Which of these approaches is most attractive to you for offering catechist formation? What unique approach is your parish taking to providing catechist formation?