Job Title: Director Of Religious Education
Type of Company: I am the director of religious education for a Roman Catholic church.
Education: BS, Psychology, James Madison University MA, Educational Psychology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Previous Experience: I worked for a number of years as a social worker which led to a position in safe environment training for the Roman Catholic church. I then moved into religious education.
Job Tasks: My job is to oversee the religious education of children in grades K-5 at a Roman Catholic church. My main responsibilities include the management of the "Sunday school" classes, planning and preparing children for first Reconciliation and first Communion, and organizing vacation bible school.
This job requires good communication and listening skills, organization, and leadership. I recruit and train over 150 volunteers each year. I have over 550 children in the program so I need to work with many adult volunteers to make the program a success.
There are many parts of this job that I would imagine being similar to that of a school principal. Like a principal, I have to "hire" teachers and make sure they are appropriately trained to teach. I develop a syllabus for each grade level and provide enrichment activities at all levels. When there are discipline issues with children, I am the person who handles the problem.
I also have to ensure that religious education is available to all children. I have several children with special needs (autism, mental retardation, cerebral palsy) who cannot participate in a regular class and I have had to a create a special program for them.
I have a secretary who registers all of the children for classes and assigns students to the specific class he or she will attend. I work with a staff of 13 other people at this church to make sure the mission is carried out.
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is serving God and others. I love being able to minister to children and families in good times and in hard ones. It is wonderful when your career matches the values of your personal life. I think doing what you love and getting paid to do it leads to a very happy life.
The hardest part of my job is working with difficult people. In all careers, there will be people you work well with and people who are challenging. It is expected that when you work for God you are always nice and happy and helpful....and that's not always easy.
1.) Learn to be a very good listener. People are much more interested in talking about themselves than hearing your stories. You will be a tremendous help to people if you can listen well. Being a therapist before this job was the best experience ever.
2.) Working for a religious institution can be emotionally draining. Learn to take care of yourself.
3.) Read a lot. There is always more to learn.
These schools offer particularly quick info upon request, and we have written detailed profiles for each (click school names to see the profiles).
Request info from multiple schools, by clicking the Request Info links.
Liberty University provides a world-class education with a solid Christian foundation, equipping men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential for success in every aspect of life.
Pursue your education at Ohio Christian University.
Welcome to Argosy University
Argosy University offers doctoral, master's, and bachelor's degree programs to students through its eight colleges: College of Behavioral Sciences, Graduate School of Business and Management, College of Education, College of Health Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Creative Arts and Design, College of Clinical Psychology and Western State College of Law at Argosy University as well as certificate programs in many areas.
Grantham University's 100% accredited online degrees are convenient, portable and designed so you can fit education into your life instead of arranging life around your education.
A nationally recognized leader in online education, Lamar University online tailors the on-campus degree program to a flexible, affordable format for busy professionals.
Earn your graduate degree online with Northcentral University.
The MSW@USC is the first top-ranked MSW program offered nationally. Many online programs are limited to certain geographic areas or the availability of courses, making it necessary to travel to campus. Our program can be completed from virtually anywhere without the need to relocate to Southern California.
Join the community of thought leaders at University of the Rockies. Pursue your graduate degree from the University’s School of Professional Psychology or School of Organizational Leadership.
Earn your Master's degree online from Norwich University.
Career Stories are concise, real-world career overviews written by people relating their personal career experiences and wisdom. They provide invaluable insights and mentoring advice to students and career changers.
Most stories include:
Please also see our detailed information about Religious Directors, including: