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Director of Religious Activities  What They Do

Just the Facts


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.
  • Publicizes 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:

  • Sunday School Superintendent -- Selects teachers for individual Sunday school classes and equips them with the training, literature and other materials necessary to meet the needs of Sunday school students. Also surveys and evaluates the needs in the programs at their churches.
  • Women's Ministry Director -- Meets the needs of women in the church through classes, events, Bible studies and related activities.
  • Youth Ministry Director -- Reaches out to young adults interested in their church, and sets up programs to educate the community about their religion.
  • Campus Ministry Director --
  • Student Ministries Director --