Children's Pastor Salary
It's impossible to make it big as a Children's Pastors in the United States; the average employee scrapes together only around $39K per year. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. More than half of Children's Pastors (64 percent) survey respondents are men. Most Children's Pastors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, more than a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the greater part and dental insurance is reported by over a third. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
|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
Pay by Experience for a Children's Pastor has a positive trend. An entry-level Children's Pastor with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 84 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Children's Pastor with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 78 salaries. An experienced Children's Pastor which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 61 salaries. A Children's Pastor with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 21 salaries.
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