Don’t Wait Until the End of the Year

Do you evaluate your program throughout the year?  Do you take time at least mid-way through the year to evaluate components of your catechetical programs?

Here are a few things to consider:


1. Ask your catechists how things are going and what you could do to make the remainder of the year go well.  That could be giving them more ideas to go along with their lessons, providing needed supplies or helping them manage their classroom environment.


2. Reflect on the things that went well in your program the first half of the year and on those things that did not go smoothly.  This not only helps for the future, i.e., next year, but also it will help you with upcoming meetings, gatherings to go more smoothly.


3. Brainstorm 1 or 2 things you can do in different areas of your ministry to empower others.  These areas should include but not be limited to: parents, students, catechists and parish community.  Let me give a couple of examples.  Over the next couple of months I want to provide more resources for parents to live out their faith at home (Lent is an especially good time for that, but also helping them with ideas to celebrate Easter and Pentecost). Another example might be to ask your catechists more often (in emails and or in person) how things went from week to week or lesson to lesson and see what you can do to encourage, offer counsel, and/or provide ideas.


These are a few ways to consider when evaluating your program mid-way through the year and not only at the end of the year.  What thoughts do you have?  It would be great to hear from you!

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