Director of Religious Activities  What They Do

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Directors, Religious Activities and Education Career Video



Plans, directs, or coordinates 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.

This career is part of the Human Services cluster Family and Community Services pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Identifies and recruits potential volunteer workers.
  • Develops or directs study courses or religious education programs within congregations.
  • Publicize programs through sources such as newsletters, bulletins, or mailings.
  • Trains and supervises religious education instructional staff.
  • Selects appropriate curricula or class structures for educational programs.
  • Collaborates with other ministry members to establish goals and objectives for religious education programs or to develop ways to encourage program participation.
  • Implements program plans by ordering needed materials, scheduling speakers, reserving space, or handling other administrative details.
  • Counsels individuals regarding interpersonal, health, financial, or religious problems.
  • Confers with clergy members, congregational officials, or congregational organizations to encourage support of or participation in religious education activities.
  • Schedules special events such as camps, conferences, meetings, seminars, or retreats.

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Adult Ministries Director --
  • Children's Ministries Director --
  • Christian Education Director --
  • Religious Education Coordinator --
  • Religious Education Director --
  • Senior Adults Director --
  • Student Ministries Director --
  • Women's Ministry Director -- Meets the needs of women in the church through classes, events, Bible studies and related activities.
  • Youth Director --
  • Youth Ministry Director -- Reaches out to young adults interested in their church, and sets up programs to educate the community about their religion.