Directors, Religious Activities and Education

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About the Job

Plan, direct, or coordinate programs designed to promote the religious education or activities of a denominational group. May provide counseling and guidance relative to marital, health, financial, and religious problems.

It is also Called

  • Adult Ministries Director
  • Associate Pastor
  • Campus Ministry Director
  • Children's Director
  • Children's Minister
  • Children's Ministries Director
  • Choir Teacher
  • Christian Education Director
  • Christian Education Minister
  • Church Supervisor

What They Do

  • Identify and recruit potential volunteer workers.
  • Train and supervise religious education instructional staff.
  • Develop or direct study courses or religious education programs within congregations.
  • Select appropriate curricula or class structures for educational programs.
  • Implement program plans by ordering needed materials, scheduling speakers, reserving space, or handling other administrative details.
  • Counsel individuals regarding interpersonal, health, financial, or religious problems.
  • Analyze member participation or changes in congregational emphasis to determine needs for religious education.
  • Collaborate with other ministry members to establish goals and objectives for religious education programs or to develop ways to encourage program participation.
  • Schedule special events such as camps, conferences, meetings, seminars, or retreats.
  • Confer with clergy members, congregational officials, or congregational organizations to encourage support of or participation in religious education activities.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: ESC.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Enterprising interests, but also prefer Social and Conventional environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Achievement and Independence in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Education Required

Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

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Wages

In 2013, the average annual wage in United States was $44,240 with most people making between $18,780 and $78,000

Outlook

1.59%
avg. annual growth

During 2010, this occupation employed approximately 126,000 people in United States. It is projected that there will be 147,000 employed in 2020.

This occupation will have about 2,000 openings due to growth and about 42,000 replacement openings for approximately 44,000 total annual openings.

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