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

  • Youth Worker
  • Youth Ministry Director
  • Youth Director
  • Youth Counselor
  • Youth Coordinator
  • Worship Director
  • Women's Ministry Director
  • Student Ministries Director
  • Senior Adults Director
  • Religious Education Director
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What They Do

  • Participate in denominational activities aimed at goals such as promoting interfaith understanding or providing aid to new or small congregations.
  • Interpret religious education activities to the public through speaking, leading discussions, or writing articles for local or national publications.
  • Visit congregational members' homes or arrange for pastoral visits to provide information or resources regarding religious education programs.
  • Plan fundraising activities for the church.
  • Plan or conduct conferences dealing with the interpretation of religious ideas or convictions.
  • Analyze revenue and program cost data to determine budget priorities.
  • Locate and distribute resources, such as periodicals or curricula, to enhance the effectiveness of educational programs.
  • Attend workshops, seminars, or conferences to obtain program ideas, information, or resources.
  • Analyze member participation or changes in congregational emphasis to determine needs for religious education.
  • Schedule special events such as camps, conferences, meetings, seminars, or retreats.

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

  • Philosophy and Theology - Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • 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.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.

Education Required

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

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $37,960 with most people making between $18,160 and $63,400

Outlook

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avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 9,000 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 8,970 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 0 openings due to growth and about 240 replacement openings for approximately 240 total annual openings.

Industries that Employ this Occupation

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