Directors, Religious Activities and Education

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Also known as:  Campus Ministry Director, Christian Education Minister, Education Minister, Parish Religious Education Director, Religious Activities Director, Religious Education Coordinator, Religious Education Director, Student Ministries Director, Youth Ministry Director

ABOUT DIRECTOR, RELIGIOUS ACTIVITIES OR EDUCATION CAREERS

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In all major religions, faith is usually handed down from generation to generation within families. But children - and even adults - often require instruction beyond what parents tell them about their religion. So directors of religious activities and education are an important part of a congregatio ...
n. They guide the teachers, who, in turn, guide the students.

Much like a principal in a secular school, the director is responsible for overseeing the materials, activities, and programs chosen to help people learn about their faith. Working with religious leaders, they hire and supervise the teaching staff. Being able to plan and lead are important skills.

The job might also include counseling people about their beliefs or other deeply personal issues. So being an attentive listener and problem-solver is valuable. Clearly, a strong background in the aprticular religion is essential.

In addition, directors of religious activities and education usually have college degrees. This is a field that is expected to grow, as people continue to seek deeper spiritual lives for themselves and for their children.
SNAPSHOT Expand
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.
Leadership
HIGH
Critical decision making
MED
Level of responsibilities
MED
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
LOW
Dealing and handling conflict
LOW
Competition for this position
LOW
Communication with others
HIGH
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
HIGH
Comfort of the work setting
HIGH
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
LOW
Exposure to job hazards
LOW
Physical demands
LOW
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DAILY TASKS Expand
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.
Analyze revenue and program cost data to determine budget priorities.
Schedule special events such as camps, conferences, meetings, seminars, or retreats.
Publicize programs through sources such as newsletters, bulletins, or mailings.
Locate and distribute resources, such as periodicals or curricula, to enhance the effectiveness of educational programs.
Train and supervise religious education instructional staff.
Implement program plans by ordering needed materials, scheduling speakers, reserving space, or handling other administrative details.
Develop or direct study courses or religious education programs within congregations.
Confer with clergy members, congregational officials, or congregational organizations to encourage support of or participation in religious education activities.
Counsel individuals regarding interpersonal, health, financial, or religious problems.
MAIN ACTIVITIES Expand
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Coaching and Developing Others Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
Scheduling Work and Activities Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
Thinking Creatively Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
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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.
Personnel and Human Resources Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
KEY ABILITIES Expand
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
TOP SKILLS Expand
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
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.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
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.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
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