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Career and Education Opportunities for Religious Activities Directors in Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee

Many educational and employment opportunities exist for religious activities directors in the Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee area. There are currently 4,760 jobs for religious activities directors in Tennessee and this is projected to grow by 19% to about 5,640 jobs 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. Religious activities directors generally direct and coordinate activities of a denominational group to meet religious needs of students.

Religious activities directors earn approximately $24 per hour or $50,250 per year on average in Tennessee. Nationally they average about $17 hourly or $36,100 annually. Earnings for religious activities directors are better than earnings in the general category of Religious Services in Tennessee and better than general Religious Services category earnings nationally. Jobs in this field include: college ministry pastor, singles pastor, and junior high pastor.

The Nashville-Davidson area is home to fifty schools of higher education, including three within twenty-five miles of Nashville-Davidson 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 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 Nashville-Davidson 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

Lipscomb University - Nashville, TN

Lipscomb University, One University Park Drive, Nashville, TN 37204-3951. Lipscomb University is a small university located in Nashville, Tennessee. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 3,054 students and an admission rate of 75%. Lipscomb University has 3 areas of study related to Religious Activities Director. They are:

  • Bible/Biblical Studies, bachelor's degree and master's degree which graduated zero and one students respectively in 2008.
  • Missions/Missionary Studies and Missiology, bachelor's degree which graduated 1 student in 2008.
  • Youth Ministry, bachelor's degree which graduated 1 student in 2008.

Trevecca Nazarene University - Nashville, TN

Trevecca Nazarene University, 333 Murfreesboro Rd, Nashville, TN 37210. Trevecca Nazarene University is a small university located in Nashville, Tennessee. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 2,366 students and an admission rate of 68%. Trevecca Nazarene University has a master's degree program in Bible/Biblical Studies which graduated one student in 2008.

Free Will Baptist Bible College - Nashville, TN

Free Will Baptist Bible College, 3606 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37205-0117. Free Will Baptist Bible College is a small college located in Nashville, Tennessee. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 313 students. Free Will Baptist Bible College has 4 areas of study related to Religious Activities Director. They are:

  • Bible/Biblical Studies, associate's degree and bachelor's degree which graduated zero and fourteen students respectively in 2008.
  • Missions/Missionary Studies and Missiology, associate's degree and bachelor's degree which graduated zero and one students respectively in 2008.
  • Religious Education, bachelor's degree which graduated 2 students in 2008.
  • Youth Ministry, bachelor's degree which graduated 5 students in 2008.

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LOCATION INFORMATION: Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee

Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee
Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee photo by Kaldari

Nashville-Davidson is located in Williamson County, Tennessee. It has a population of over 596,462, which has grown by 9.3% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Nashville-Davidson, 86, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Nashville-Davidson are priced at $196,100 on average, which is well above the state average. In 2008, 1,483 new homes were constructed in Nashville-Davidson, down from 3,070 the previous year.

The three big industries for women in Nashville-Davidson are health care, educational services, and accommodation and food services. For men, it is construction, health care, and professional, scientific, and technical services. The average travel time to work is about 23 minutes. More than 29.7% of Nashville-Davidson residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 10.0%, is higher than the state average.

The percentage of Nashville-Davidson residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 55.2%, is more than both the national and state average. The most common religious groups are the Southern Baptist Convention, the Catholic Church and the United Methodist Church.