Directors, Religious Activities and Education

Description

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.

Tasks

  • Identify and recruit potential volunteer workers.
  • Train and supervise religious education instructional staff.
  • Develop or direct study courses or religious education programs within congregations.
  • Select appropriate curricula or class structures for educational programs.
  • Implement program plans by ordering needed materials, scheduling speakers, reserving space, or handling other administrative details.
  • Counsel individuals regarding interpersonal, health, financial, or religious problems.
  • Analyze member participation or changes in congregational emphasis to determine needs for religious education.
  • Collaborate with other ministry members to establish goals and objectives for religious education programs or to develop ways to encourage program participation.
  • 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.
  • Publicize programs through sources such as newsletters, bulletins, or mailings.
  • Analyze revenue and program cost data to determine budget priorities.
  • Attend workshops, seminars, or conferences to obtain program ideas, information, or resources.
  • Locate and distribute resources, such as periodicals or curricula, to enhance the effectiveness of educational programs.
  • Participate in denominational activities aimed at goals such as promoting interfaith understanding or providing aid to new or small congregations.
  • Plan or conduct conferences dealing with the interpretation of religious ideas or convictions.
  • Visit congregational members' homes or arrange for pastoral visits to provide information or resources regarding religious education programs.
  • Interpret religious education activities to the public through speaking, leading discussions, or writing articles for local or national publications.

Skills

Equipment Selection
Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
Installation
Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
Equipment Maintenance
Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
Troubleshooting
Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Repairing
Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

Abilities

Wrist-Finger Speed
The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.
Arm-Hand Steadiness
The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
Manual Dexterity
The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Rate Control
The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
Glare Sensitivity
The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.
Spatial Orientation
The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
Peripheral Vision
The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.
Dynamic Strength
The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
Sound Localization
The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.
Reaction Time
The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.

Interests

Enterprising
Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
Social
Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
Conventional
Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
Artistic
Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
Realistic
Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Investigative
Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.

Work Style

Leadership
Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
Social Orientation
Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
Integrity
Job requires being honest and ethical.
Self Control
Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
Dependability
Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
Concern for Others
Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
Cooperation
Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
Initiative
Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
Stress Tolerance
Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
Independence
Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.

Work Values

Relationships
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
Achievement
Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
Independence
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
Working Conditions
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
Recognition
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.
Support
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.

Lay Titles

Adult Ministries Director
Associate Pastor
Campus Ministry Director
Children's Director
Children's Minister
Children's Ministries Director
Choir Teacher
Christian Education Director
Christian Education Minister
Church Supervisor
College Ministry Pastor
Dean
Department Head
Director of Religious Activities
District Superintendent
Education Minister
Educational Director
Family Life Minister
Junior High Pastor
Middle School Minister
Minister of Education
Missions Pastor
Parish Religious Education Director
Pastor
Preschool Director
Program Director
Religious Education Director
Religious Instructor
Religious Minister
School Chaplain
School Headmaster
Senior Adults Director
Senior High Pastor
Singles Pastor
Student Ministries Director
Sunday School Superintendent
Vice Chancellor
Women's Ministry Director
Youth Coordinator
Youth Counselor
Youth Director
Youth Minister
Youth Ministry Director
Youth Pastor
Youth Worker

National Wages and Employment Info

Median Wages (2008):
$17.92 hourly, $37,280 annual.
Employment (2008):
18,310 employees