Religious Activities or Education Directors

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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

Video transcript

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 congregation. 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.

Coordinate or design programs and conduct outreach to promote the religious education or activities of a denominational group. May provide counseling, guidance, and leadership 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
Physical demands
Daily tasks

Attend workshops, seminars, or conferences to obtain program ideas, information, or resources.

Analyze revenue and program cost data to determine budget priorities.

Collaborate with other ministry members to establish goals and objectives for religious education programs or to develop ways to encourage program participation.

Train and supervise religious education instructional staff.

Locate and distribute resources, such as periodicals or curricula, to enhance the effectiveness of educational programs.

Analyze member participation or changes in congregational emphasis to determine needs for religious education.

Select appropriate curricula or class structures for educational programs.

Schedule special events, such as camps, conferences, meetings, seminars, or retreats.

Confer with clergy members, congregational officials, or congregational organizations to encourage support of or participation in religious education activities.

Develop or direct study courses or religious education programs within congregations.

Implement program plans by ordering needed materials, scheduling speakers, reserving space, or handling other administrative details.

Thinking Creatively Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
Scheduling Work and Activities Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
Assisting and Caring for Others Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
Training and Teaching Others Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
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.
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.
Therapy and Counseling Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
Communications and Media Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
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.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
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.
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.