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When seeking appropriate catechetical/ministerial personnel, the pastor should develop a clear and realistic description of the roles and responsibilities of the positions, in consultation with the parish councils, the Office of Religious Education​ and Human Resources Department, according to the individual needs of the parish. Sample job descriptions are available for the DRECRE and coordinator of youth ministry​ positions.​​​​​

After a position is filled, needs or circumstances may necessitate a revision of the job description. Adjustments can and should be made as required. again in consultation with the Office of Religious Education and Human Resouces Department.

In hiring, the parish should consider candidates capable of providing direction, organization, and communication. Reference checks, including checking VPIN, are essential.  ​In-person interviews with the pastor and preferably a hiring committee of persons familiar with faith formation ministries should be conducted with the selected candidates.  For further reference, see: 5.4.1 - Recruitment and Hiring (