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
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.
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.
Critical decision making
Level of responsibilities
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
Dealing and handling conflict
Competition for this position
Communication with others
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
Comfort of the work setting
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
Exposure to job hazards
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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.
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.
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.
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.
AREAS OF KNOWLEDGE
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.
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.
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.
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.
The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
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.
The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
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.
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
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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