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Religious Directors

Religious directors oversee and coordinate the activities of a denominational group's religious education programs. They direct church school programs that promote religious education among church members. A religious director develops goals and plans for religious education.

Religious directors promote religious learning for all age levels. Some religious directors focus on children's and youth religious education programs. They direct activities and programs to meet the religious needs of students.

They work with the church community to grow religious education programs and the congregation. Some religious directors provide counseling regarding financial, religious, marital and health issues. They assist in selecting and implementing social action events and projects.

Churches offer religious education programs such as high school, elementary school and pre-school religious education. Churches also may offer adult religious education and family religious education programs.

A director of religious education may collaborate with others to promote learning in a religious community through classes, programs, family activities and religious services.

Responsibilities

  • Choose curricula for education programs
  • Recruit volunteer workers
  • Develop a budget
  • Train and oversee religious education instructional staff members
  • Determine needs for religious education
  • Order materials, schedule speakers, reserve space and take care of other administrative details
  • Work with other ministry members to establish objectives for religious education programs
  • Schedule special events including conferences, camps, retreats and seminars
  • Evaluate resource materials
  • Evaluate religious education personnel

Job Characteristics

Religious directors need good interpersonal and motivational skills. They also need good written and verbal communication skills. They should be highly organized. They need to be able to work with a diverse group of people. A religious director needs to be good at recruiting adult volunteers. Some religious director positions include part-time hours.

Employment Outlook

The employment of religious directors is projected to grow faster than the average for all occupations. In 2008 the median annual salary for directors of religious activities and education was $36,100.

Education, Certification, and Licensing

The educational backgrounds of religious directors may vary. Some religious directors have a bachelor's degree whereas others hold a master's degree. Some religious directors have a bachelor's degree or a master's degree in Theology or Religious Education. Some master's degree programs offer certification in the areas of schools, congregations and communities.

Resources

Major Employers

The top employers are religious organizations, elementary and secondary schools; colleges, universities and professional schools; and individual and family services.

Schools for Religious Directors are listed in the Browse Schools Section.

Religious Directors Skills

Below are the skills needed to be religious directors according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest) and competency level on a scale of 1 to 7 (1 being lowest and 7 being highest).

   
Skill NameImportanceCompetence
Social Perceptiveness44.5
Speaking44
Reading Comprehension3.884.12
Active Listening3.883.75
Critical Thinking3.753.88

Religious Directors Abilities

Below are the abilities needed to be religious directors according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest) and competency level on a scale of 1 to 7 (1 being lowest and 7 being highest).

   
Ability NameImportanceCompetence
Oral Comprehension44.25
Written Comprehension44
Oral Expression44.5
Speech Recognition3.753.62
Speech Clarity3.754.12

Religious Directors Knowledge

Below are the knowledge areas needed to be religious directors according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest) and competency level on a scale of 1 to 7 (1 being lowest and 7 being highest).

   
Knowledge AreaImportanceCompetence
Philosophy and Theology4.616.04
Customer and Personal Service4.155.55
Education and Training3.985.11
English Language3.93.93
Administration and Management3.724.21

Religious Directors Work activities

Below are the work activities involved in being religious directors according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest) and competency level on a scale of 1 to 7 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest).

   
Work ActivityImportanceCompetence
Thinking Creatively4.715.51
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships4.625.68
Making Decisions and Solving Problems4.565.45
Scheduling Work and Activities4.535.52
Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work4.475.8

Religious Directors Work styles

Below are the work styles involved in being religious directors according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest).

   
Work StyleImportance
Integrity4.97
Concern for Others4.96
Dependability4.73
Leadership4.64
Cooperation4.64

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for
Religious Directors

Listed below are the 10 largest metro areas based on the total number of people employed in Religious Directors jobs , as of 2017

   
Metro AreaTotal EmploymentAnnual Mean Salary
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim1,320 $54,810
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward530 $62,150
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn520 $35,460
San Diego-Carlsbad460 $37,350
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls450 $41,420
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario440 $38,750
Pittsburgh300 $29,370
Rochester270 $42,680
Grand Rapids-Wyoming270 $48,970
Salem250 $36,670

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Total employment and salary for professions similar to religious directors

Source : 2017 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; O*NET® 22.1 Database, O*NET OnLine, National Center for O*NET Development, Employment & Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, onetonline.org

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