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Career and Education Opportunities for Religious Activities Directors in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

There is a wide variety of career and education opportunities for religious activities directors in the Winston-Salem, North Carolina area. There are currently 4,260 working religious activities directors in North Carolina; this should grow by 28% to 5,440 working religious activities directors in the state by 2016. This is better than the national trend for religious activities directors, which sees this job pool growing by about 12.6% over the next eight years. In general, religious activities directors direct and coordinate activities of a denominational group to meet religious needs of students.

The income of a religious activities director is about $22 per hour or $46,160 per year on average in North Carolina. In the U.S. as a whole, their income is about $17 hourly or $36,100 annually on average. Incomes for religious activities directors are better than in the overall category of Religious Services in North Carolina, and better than the overall Religious Services category nationally. Jobs in this field include: sunday school superintendent, christian education minister, and religious education director.

The Winston-Salem area is home to eighteen schools of higher education, including three within twenty-five miles of Winston-Salem where you can get a degree as a religious activities director. The most common level of education for religious activities directors is a Master's degree. You can expect to spend about six years studying to be a religious activities director if you already have a high school diploma, or just 2 years if you have 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 Winston-Salem 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.
  • 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

Carolina Christian College - Winston Salem, NC

Carolina Christian College, 4117 Northampton Dr, Winston Salem, NC 27105. Carolina Christian College is a small college located in Winston Salem, North Carolina. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 26 students. Carolina Christian College has an associate's degree and a bachelor's degree program in Bible/Biblical Studies which graduated two and seven students respectively in 2008.

John Wesley College - High Point, NC

John Wesley College, 2314 N Centennial St, High Point, NC 27265-3197. John Wesley College is a small college located in High Point, North Carolina. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 70 students and an admission rate of 76%. John Wesley College has 2 areas of study related to Religious Activities Director. They are:

  • Bible/Biblical Studies, bachelor's degree which graduated 13 students in 2008.
  • Youth Ministry, bachelor's degree which graduated 2 students in 2008.

Piedmont Baptist College and Graduate School - Winston Salem, NC

Piedmont Baptist College and Graduate School, 420 S. Broad St., Winston Salem, NC 27101. Piedmont Baptist College and Graduate School is a small college located in Winston Salem, North Carolina. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 368 students. Piedmont Baptist College and Graduate School has 4 areas of study related to Religious Activities Director. They are:

  • Bible/Biblical Studies, one to two year, associate's degree, bachelor's degree, master's degree, and doctor's degree which graduated one, three, eighteen, four, and zero students respectively in 2008.
  • Missions/Missionary Studies and Missiology, bachelor's degree and master's degree which graduated eleven and zero students respectively in 2008.
  • Religious Education, associate's degree and bachelor's degree which graduated one and zero students respectively in 2008.
  • Youth Ministry, bachelor's degree which graduated 2 students in 2008.

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LOCATION INFORMATION: Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Winston-Salem, North Carolina
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Winston-Salem is situated in Forsyth County, North Carolina. It has a population of over 217,600, which has grown by 17.1% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Winston-Salem, 83, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Winston-Salem cost $76,600 on average, which is far less than the state average. In 2008, 1,032 new homes were built in Winston-Salem, down from 1,706 the previous year.

The top three industries for women in Winston-Salem are health care, educational services, and finance and insurance. For men, it is construction, health care, and accommodation and food services. The average travel time to work is about 20 minutes. More than 30.3% of Winston-Salem residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 11.0%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Winston-Salem is 9.0%, which is less than North Carolina's average of 10.6%.

The percentage of Winston-Salem residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 50.4%, is more than both the national and state average. Wachovia Arbor Church, Mount Zion Church and Hope Church are all churches located in Winston-Salem. The largest religious groups are the Southern Baptist Convention, the United Methodist Church and the Moravian Church in America.

Winston-Salem is home to the Stafford Center and the Dixie Classics Fairgrounds as well as Forest Park and Mineral Springs Park. Shopping centers in the area include College Plaza Shopping Center, College Village Shopping Center and Club Haven Shopping Center.