One of my first job titles was “Liturgy Director.” I was never comfortable with that title because I didn’t think it matched what I really did in my job. I did a lot of scheduling, a lot of training, a lot of meetings, and a lot of planning. But all of that stuff was a means to an end.
What I really thought I was doing was enabling the parish to worship in to the best of their ability. On my best days, I thought they were doing all the work—they were their own director—and I was standing to one side, pitching in where necessary, staying out of their way if possible.
So you can imagine how thrilled I was about a going-away present from a member of the parish worship board. She gave me a desk plaque that says:
Nick WagnerLiturgical Consultant
It’s sitting on my desk right now. I don’t do much liturgical consulting anymore, but it is a reminder to me to not let my job title define me.
What is your RCIA title?
RCIA folks have lots of titles. One I hear a lot is “RCIA coordinator.” I did a web search on that title, and these are some of the requirements I found for RCIA coordinators:
- Must have managerial skills
- Must be an effective communicator
- Must have the necessary training and background in theology and religious education
- Must have a pastoral perspective in ministry
- Must be able to work in a collaborative style of ministry
- Degree in theology, religious studies, pastoral ministry or its equivalent
- Specific training in the areas of liturgy and adult catechesis
- Current workshop experience in RCIA
- Prior experience as a member of an RCIA team
- Certification as a catechist
- Is responsible for supervising RCIA staff
- Responsible for managing the parish’s RCIA budget
- Conducts recruitment, initial training and ongoing formation of members of the catechumenate team an all catechumenal ministers
- Coordinates the Rites
- Provides adequate RCIA resource materials for the catechumenate team
- Identifies and enables leadership within the community to take responsibility for various components of RCIA
Oh my goodness! When does this person sleep? Yet, I know a lot of you are doing all of this and more. And many of your are doing it part-time or as a volunteer. So, honestly, when you do get a chance to sleep, do you go to bed at night thinking of yourself as a “coordinator”?
I’ve done that job, too, and I felt the same way about being an “RCIA Coordinator” as I felt about being a “Liturgy Director.” I did most of the things listed above, but I never really thought that’s what I was doing. I was mentoring the parishioners to become evangelists. I was helping discover who in the parish could lead inquirers to conversion. I was trying to get a group of courageous, flawed, fantastic explorers to come with me on a faith adventure.
If I could have written my own title for that job, it would have been something like: Finder of Awesome. Or: Guy Who Asks Where God Is In Your Life. Or: Head Wonderer.
What I’m wondering about you
As Head Wonderer, the thing I’m wondering about today is, how do you see your job? What is it you are really doing? And how do the day-to-day aspects help you do your real job? And what should your job title be?