Directors, Religious Activities and Education

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.

Median Annual Wage: $38,480

Education: Bachelor's degree (82%); Master's degree (10%); High school diploma or equivalent (6%)

Projected Growth: Average (8% to 14%)

Related Job Titles: Children's Ministries Director; Christian Education Director; Religious Education Director; Youth Ministry Director; Youth Director; Women's Ministry Director; Adult Ministries Director; Religious Education Coordinator; Senior Adults Director; Student Ministries Director

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  • Develop or direct study courses or religious education programs within congregations.
  • Publicize programs through sources such as newsletters, bulletins, or mailings.
  • Train and supervise religious education instructional staff.
  • Select appropriate curricula or class structures for educational programs.
  • Collaborate with other ministry members to establish goals and objectives for religious education programs or to develop ways to encourage program participation.
  • 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.
  • Confer with clergy members, congregational officials, or congregational organizations to encourage support of or participation in religious education activities.
  • Schedule special events such as camps, conferences, meetings, seminars, or retreats.
  • Analyze member participation or changes in congregational emphasis to determine needs for religious education.
  • Attend workshops, seminars, or conferences to obtain program ideas, information, or resources.
  • Locate and distribute resources, such as periodicals or curricula, to enhance the effectiveness of educational programs.
  • Analyze revenue and program cost data to determine budget priorities.

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  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • 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.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Directors, Religious Activities and Education.

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