Religious Education Teacher Sought
People’s Church Religious Education Teacher Job Description
Peoples Church is a welcoming congregation made of people from diverse religious backgrounds and lifestyles. We do not require our members to subscribe to a creed and believe that the search for truth is best accomplished by seeking with open minds and hearts. We believe in freedom to believe as we choose and tolerance for those who believe differently than we do. The purpose of our religious education program for children, therefore, is to help each child develop processes for their search for truth and meaning. In the words of William Ellery Channing: “The great end in religious instruction is not to stamp our minds upon get young, but to stir up their own; not to make them see with our eyes, but to look inquiringly with their own.” The job of the Religious Education Teacher, then, is to foster a curious mind and a respect for the mysteries of life.
To accomplish this, the Religious Education Teacher (RE Teacher) will collaborate with the Children’s Religious Education Committee to provide a consistent level of religious and ethical education to the children of People’s Church and visiting children. The RE Teacher will meet occasionally with the Children’s RE Committee to plan and decide how best to implement a chosen curriculum.
In consultation with the Children’s RE Committee, the RE Teacher will choose curricula to implement, and will receive help from the RE Committee to implement them. Some outside reading, study and planning will also be required of the RE Teacher. The People’s Church encourages the RE Teacher to include her or his own special interests, talents, and educational specialties (drama, music, art, community service, etc.).
All compensated workers must meet the People’s Church Personnel Policy requirements that include a criminal background check.
Attendance at Sunday Children’s Religious Education ranges from 2-8 children. Usually it is two to four.
The RE Teacher should arrive at the church no later than 10:45AM. Classes usually last about 40 minutes (11:20 am-noon). If the service goes longer than noon, the RE Teacher is expected to keep the children occupied and behaving until after the service.
The RE Teacher receives $50 for each Sunday present, depending on qualifications. If the RE Teacher is unable to teach a class, it is the responsibility of the RE teacher to work with the Children’s RE Committee to arrange for a substitute.