Director of Faith Formation, Palatine Presbyterian Church, Palatine, IL (part-time)

The Director of Faith Formation (DFF) will have responsibility for the development, oversight, and management of the Palatine Presbyterian Church’s education programs.  Early focus will be on children and youth learning curriculum.


  • Collaborate with Session and the Pastor to develop, document, and communicate Christian Education goals for the congregation.
  • Work with the Season Team to build an education offering that supports the season theme.
  • Supporting, guiding and directing the efforts of the Christian Education volunteers.
  • Training teachers / volunteers of all ages and youth volunteer staff.
    • Will recruit & train all volunteers that work with children & youth
    • Provide at least two teacher/volunteer training events during the year.
    • Work to plan, organize and facilitate regular teacher’s meetings.
    • Will ensure education of and compliance with the adopted “Child Protection Policy” of the church
  • Building relationships with members of the congregation to include staff, students, parents, and adult learners.
  • 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.
  • Communicating regularly with the session, congregation and presbytery and community.
  • 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 programs.
  • Keeping current on trends in Christian Faith Formation & education for all levels.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Head of Staff / Session.


The hours are expected to average 10 to 15 hours per week.  The DFF will be expected to exercise flexibility in his/her work schedule as needed to accomplish the developed Faith Formation goals and program delivery.


  • Regular attendance at weekly worship.
  • Meeting with the Pastor on a regular basis.
  • Share ideas and resources with PCOP Staff and Session.
  • Provide a quarterly written report, one of which is for inclusion in the annual report
  • Submit information to the Monthly Spirit Sightings& Weekly Tidings.
  • Meeting with the Pastor and volunteers to plan the Vacation Bible School program and the academic year program(s).
  • Maintaining and communicating the calendar of educational opportunities, events, and meetings.
  • 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.
A. The DFF may be a lay person or ordained clergy.
B. Display strong organizational and communication skills to coordinate volunteers, staff and families.
C. Be creative and seek ways to continue offering exciting programs.
D. Demonstrate enthusiasm, skill and a passion for working with children in a Church setting.
E. Demonstrate an ability to understand and implement Christian & Reformed curriculum.
F. Have an ability to interpret and integrate religious education into the ministry of the church.
G. Demonstrate proficiency in computer programs, including Google docs, PowerPoint, Excel and Word.
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