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Church Administration Careers

Career Description

Church administrators direct and coordinate activities of a denominational group to meet religious needs of students. Plan, direct, or coordinate church school programs designed to promote religious education among church membership. They may provide counseling and guidance relative to marital, health, financial, and religious problems.

Common Work Tasks

  • Train and supervise religious education instructional staff
  • Develop and direct study courses and religious education programs within congregations
  • Implement program plans by ordering needed materials, scheduling speakers, reserving space, and handling other administrative details
  • Analyze member participation and changes in congregation emphasis to determine needs for religious education
  • Collaborate with other ministry members to establish goals and objectives for religious education programs, and to develop ways to encourage program participation
  • Schedule special events such as camps,  conferences, meetings, seminars, and retreats
  • Publicize programs through sources such as newsletters, bulletins, and mailings
  • Analyze revenue and program cost data to determine budget priorities
  • Serve on policymaking committees, assist in community development, and assist client groups by lobbying for solutions to problems

Other Job Titles

Church Administrators are also known by other titles,  including:

  • Church Director
  • Religious Director
  • Activities Coordinator
  • Church Coordinator
  • Business Administrator

Education, Training,  and Experience

Education and Training
Most church administrators must have at least a bachelor’s degree, either in religious studies or business. Some employers prefer a master’s degree.

Licensure and Certification
  There are no mandatory licensure or certifications that church administrators must obtain.  

A minimum of two to four years of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for this career.


The median annual salary for a Church Administrator is $35,000. The top 10 percent earn more than $65,000, and the lowest 10 percent earn less than $20,000.  Median earnings in the industries employing the largest number of church administrators are:

  • Religious Organizations - $38,170
  • Elementary and Secondary Schools - $36,640
  • Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools - $46,850
  • Individual and Family Services - $35,730
  • General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - $60,850

Job Outlook

  • 2006-2016 Employment growth:  4%
  • Number of new jobs created 2006-2016: 591
  • Employment 2006 : 14,780
  • Employment 2016:  15,371
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