Church administrators run their church's day-to-day operations to ensure that contributions and income are spent in the most efficient way. The church administrator generally is second only to the pastors in managing the affairs of the worship group. The administrator must ensure that budgets and forecasts are followed, as well as work with the pastor or pastors to ensure that initiatives such as adult Bible studies can be funded from general contributions or have a fee commensurate with the cost of any study materials required.
The administrator also helps facilitate communication with the congregation; as the person in charge of the church office, the administrator oversees the production of church bulletins, mailings, and other outreach materials. For many churches, this includes maintaining the congregation's website and social media endeavors as well. The administrator oversees church volunteers to ensure that they work effectively with one another toward common goals. They must also help recruit talented members of the church into volunteering positions.
As one of the paid positions in a church family, the church administrator role often requires an associate's or bachelor's degree, especially at larger churches. The administrator must be have outstanding verbal and written communication skills, proficiency with basic computer programs, and good interpersonal skills. Church administrators work in the church office during regular business hours during the week. As a representative and highly visible member of the church, the administrator is also expected to lead by example with active attendance and participation in church services and activities.
Church Administrator Tasks
Provide administrative support for clergy and church staff.
Create and distribute church publications and newsletters.
Schedule church calendar and use of church facilities.