Aug 12, 2021

DRE/CRE/Catholic Youth Minister

  • St Joseph Parish
  • Stratford, WI, USA
Full time Ministry, Youth Religious Education

Job Description

Type of position: Full time 40+ hours per week, variable schedule, salaried and benefited.


Job Summary:  The Director (or Coordinator) of Religious Education and Youth Minister (DRE/CRE/YM) will serve Sts. Joseph and Andrew Parishes and St. Joseph Catholic school to develop, organize, and administer a total youth catechetical and youth ministry program and assist the parish community in building a solid foundation for youth spirituality, Christian living, and ministry, as well as providing youth and adult outreach for the 800 household combined membership of St. Joseph and St. Andrew Parishes. The DRE/CRE/YM will have a passion for sharing the gospel and the Catholic faith and helping people grow as disciples of Jesus Christ and His Church.



  1. The DRE/CRE/YM must be living in full sacramental communion with the Catholic Church.
  2. It is preferred that this person have a Bachelor’s degree in theology, youth ministry, catechetics, or a related field, but it is not required. Minimum qualification is a high school diploma. Experience in youth ministry and religious education is preferred.
  3. Must have a passion for working with youth and sharing your Catholic faith
  4. Ability to work with a diversity of youth and adults
  5. Ability to create, organize, prioritize, manage multiple priorities, and work with minimal supervision
  6. Excellent communication and collaboration skills
  7. Leadership and mentoring skills, comfortable with public speaking
  8. Advanced Certification as a catechist in the Diocese of La Crosse (or committed to attaining it promptly after hire)
  9. Familiarity and conformity with the guidelines and policies of the Diocese of La Crosse
  10. Ability to lead music during liturgies and praise and worship is desired but not required.



  1. Design and execute catechetical programs for the two parishes and St. Joseph’s Catholic school, which support lifelong practice of the faith.
  2. Assesses parish/school needs
  3. Articulates a vision for Religious Education and Youth Ministry
  4. Designs programs that meet the needs of the parish/school
  5. Build the Religious Ed and Youth Ministry programs
  6. Recruits, trains, supervises, and evaluates catechists and youth ministry volunteers
  7. Secure materials needed for programs in accordance with Diocesan recommendations
  8. Prepare and monitor budgets for programs
  9. Lead a Youth Ministry program that engages the hearts of our youth through experiences like youth group meetings, youth rallies, Mass, mission trips, retreats, and social events.
  10. Provide curriculum, training, and administrative support to the volunteer coordinators of
    1. First Reconciliation Preparation
    2. First Communion Preparation
    3. Confirmation Preparation
    4. Elementary Religious Education Classes
    5. Middle School and High School Religious Ed. Classes
    6. Sunday School for 3-year-old through Kindergarten
    7. Vacation Bible School
    8. RCIA
  11. Work with the school to provide opportunities for teacher’s growth and accreditation.
  12. As time and energy allow, assist with the development of young adult and adult ministries.
  13. Maintain any Diocesan certification requirements for Director of Religious Education position
  14. Implement and monitor the Diocesan Safe Environment Program
  15. Attend parish staff meetings, Youth Ministry/Religious Ed. Committee Meetings, and Parish council meetings on occasion as requested, including being an ex officio member of the education committee
  16. Pursue continued professional and spiritual growth, and knowledge of the Catholic faith
  17. Any other duties as assigned

For more information or a copy of the job description, please email or call the Parish office at 715-687-2404.  Interested applicants should send resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to St. Joseph Parish, 119200 Larch St, PO Box 6, Stratford, WI 54484 or

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