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Career and Education Opportunities for Religious Activities Directors in Peoria, Arizona

Many educational and employment opportunities exist for religious activities directors in the Peoria, Arizona area. Currently, 940 people work as religious activities directors in Arizona. This is expected to grow 29% to 1,220 people by 2016. This is better than the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for religious activities directors are expected to grow by about 12.6%. Religious activities directors generally direct and coordinate activities of a denominational group to meet religious needs of students.

The average wage in the general category of Religious Services jobs is $18 per hour or $37,740 per year in Arizona, and an average of $17 per hour or $35,163 per year nationwide. People working as religious activities directors can fill a number of jobs, such as: youth director, children's ministries director, and parish religious education director.

There are seventy-four schools of higher education in the Peoria area, including three within twenty-five miles of Peoria where you can get a degree to start your career as a religious activities director. Given that the most common education level for religious activities directors is a Master's degree, you can expect to spend about six years training to become a religious activities director if you already have a high school diploma, or just 2 years starting with a Bachelor's degree.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Religious Activities Director

Religious Activities Director video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, religious activities directors direct and coordinate activities of a denominational group to meet religious needs of students. They also plan, direct, or coordinate church school programs designed to promote religious education among church membership.

Religious activities directors attend workshops and conferences to obtain program concepts and resources. They also decide on appropriate curricula and class structures for educational programs. Equally important, religious activities directors have to identify and recruit potential volunteer staff. They are often called upon to implement program plans by ordering needed materials and handling other administrative details. They are expected to collaborate with other ministry members to determine goals and objectives for religious education programs, and to evolve ways to foster program participation. Finally, religious activities directors talk with clergy members and congregation organizations to foster support of and participation in religious education efforts.

Every day, religious activities directors are expected to be able to articulate ideas and problems. They need to speak clearly. It is also important that they listen to and understand others in meetings.

It is important for religious activities directors to analyze member participation and changes in congregation emphasis to establish needs for religious education. They are often called upon to train and supervise religious education instructional staff. They also counsel individuals regarding interpersonal and religious problems. They are sometimes expected to analyze revenue and program cost data to establish budget priorities. Somewhat less frequently, religious activities directors are also expected to formulate and conduct conferences dealing with the interpretation of religious concepts and convictions.

And finally, they sometimes have to visit congregation members' homes, or manage pastoral visits, in order to furnish data and resources regarding religious education programs.

Like many other jobs, religious activities directors must be able to take change and lead and have a strong social orientation.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Peoria include:

  • Child and Family Services Worker. Provide social services and assistance to improve the social and psychological functioning of children and their families and to maximize the family well-being and the academic functioning of children. May assist single parents, arrange adoptions, and find foster homes for abandoned or abused children. In schools, they address such problems as teenage pregnancy, misbehavior, and truancy. May also advise teachers on how to deal with problem children.
  • Health Education Specialist. Promote, maintain, and improve individual and community health by assisting individuals and communities to adopt healthy behaviors. Collect and analyze data to identify community needs prior to planning, implementing, and evaluating programs designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, policies and environments. May also serve as a resource to assist individuals, other professionals, or the community, and may administer fiscal resources for health education programs.
  • Minister. Conduct religious worship and perform other spiritual functions associated with beliefs and practices of religious faith or denomination. Provide spiritual and moral guidance and assistance to members.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Religious Activities Director Training

Southwestern College - Phoenix, AZ

Southwestern College, 2625 E Cactus Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85032-7097. Southwestern College is a small college located in Phoenix, Arizona. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 381 students and an admission rate of 76%. Southwestern College has a one to two year and a bachelor's degree program in Bible/Biblical Studies which graduated two and twenty-one students respectively in 2008.

Grand Canyon University - Phoenix, AZ

Grand Canyon University, 3300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85017. Grand Canyon University is a large university located in Phoenix, Arizona. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 22,087 students and an admission rate of 100%. Grand Canyon University has a bachelor's degree program in Bible/Biblical Studies which graduated six students in 2008.

International Baptist College - Tempe, AZ

International Baptist College, 2150 E Southern Ave, Tempe, AZ 85282-7504. International Baptist College is a small college located in Tempe, Arizona. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 78 students. International Baptist College has 2 areas of study related to Religious Activities Director. They are:

  • Bible/Biblical Studies, master's degree which graduated 1 student in 2008.
  • Religious Education, associate's degree, bachelor's degree, master's degree, and doctor's degree which graduated zero, one, zero, and zero students respectively in 2008.


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Peoria, Arizona
Peoria, Arizona photo by Ceemo

Peoria is located in Maricopa County, Arizona. It has a population of over 157,960, which has grown by 45.8% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Peoria, 94, is below the national average. New single-family homes in Peoria are priced at $169,600 on average, which is far less than the state average. In 2008, seven hundred ninety-four new homes were built in Peoria, down from 1,148 the previous year.

The three most popular industries for women in Peoria are health care, finance and insurance, and educational services. For men, it is construction, public administration, and professional, scientific, and technical services. The average commute to work is about 29 minutes. More than 21.7% of Peoria residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 6.5%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Peoria is 6.1%, which is less than Arizona's average of 9.3%.

The percentage of Peoria residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 39.7%, is less than the national average but more than the state average. The largest religious groups are the Catholic Church, the LDS (Mormon) Church and the Southern Baptist Convention.

Peoria is home to the Maricopa County Community Services and the Lake Pleasant Inn as well as Murphy Park and Varney Park. Shopping centers in the area include Arrowhead Mall, Pueblo Plaza Shopping Center and Plaza de Alamos Shopping Center. Visitors to Peoria can choose from La Quinta Phoenix Inn And Suites Peoria, Hampton Inn Glendale-Peoria and FlyHwnTrvl for temporary stays in the area.