Children's Pastor Salary
Those pursuing careers as Children's Pastors in the United States may have to make do with less; average incomes for people in this area hover around only $39K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Children's Pastors who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 64 percent. Some workers in this field — over a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the larger part and dental plans are enjoyed by more than a third. Most Children's Pastors like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
|Salary||$24,666 - $59,716|
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|$24,156 - $59,689|
|Hourly Rate||$8.29 - $31.56|
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Job Description for Children's Pastor
The role of a children's pastor is to begin teaching children about religious values at a young age; this title is frequently found in Christian churches. Most often, a children's pastor works with children from toddler-age to fifth grade. They are responsible for ministering and teaching children about the religion and its values. Some churches also have this pastor minister to children as old as preteens, providing age-appropriate lessons. Children's pastors often have their own classrooms in the church along with their own teaching materials to help children learn.Read More...
Children's pastors teach, create, maintain, develop, and guide children in the church by way of worship in their ministry. Through their work, these pastors must teach discipleship, guide mission work, and give the children a sense of community within the church. Additionally, children's pastors often develop the summer Vacation Bible School program and other special events. They also need to be available if any child has problems they need guidance on and be able to visit a child in the hospital. Along with that, these pastors must comfort children and families needing help.
Children's pastors must be a member of their employer's church and belong to its denomination. They also need to have experience working with children and enjoy working with them. Pastors also need to have strong leadership skills, be organized, have strong communication skills, and be patient and caring with children. In most churches, there is not an educational requirement for this position; however, some require or prefer a bachelor's degree or more in a relevant field.
Children's Pastor Tasks
- Recruit, train, oversee and encourage volunteers in Children's Ministry's activities.
- Oversee, plan and direct Children's Ministry within the church.
- Act as a liaison to children's organizations outside of the church community.
- Coordinate with the senior pastor, elders, and other staff at the church for integrating ministry together.
Pay by Experience Level for Children's Pastor
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Children's Pastors with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $34K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $37K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $45K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $46K.
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