Youth Director (Church) Salary
|Salary||$18,284 - $46,746|
|Total Pay (||$19,445 - $46,023|
|Hourly Rate||$10.30 - $19.87|
|Total Pay (||$19,445 - $46,023|
Job Description for Youth Director (Church)
Youth directors at churches are typically responsible for developing and organizing programs directed toward children and young adults in order to aid their spiritual development. Some may also provide counseling for troubled youth, and others create entire schedules of youth activities and work with both inside and outside parties to bring these events to life.Read More...
Most positions require that youth directors believe and practice the religion of the church, and knowledge of the Bible is important in order to extend this knowledge to both youth and teachers in the ministry. Some youth directors may need to develop lesson plans to be administered through programs such as Sunday school and Bible study. Much of the work is done independently, so organization and time-management skills are very important; however, the position also requires working with other team members in the ministry, such as church leaders and volunteers, so strong communication skills and teamwork skills are also important.
Leadership skills are essential for this position, as others often require their direction in order to administer programs. Knowledge of current youth culture is important in order to relate to the current generation, and research skills are beneficial to determine the best ways to reach out to the youth community. Some positions require university schooling related to theology, management, or teaching, among other disciplines.
Youth Director (Church) Tasks
- Communicate a vision of youth ministry and advocate for youth and youth ministry within and outside the parish.
- Develop programming that educates and leads young people in justice and community service.
- Develop, design and lead outreach programs and retreats. Share faith and lead others to do the same
- Develop a sense of community both among young people, and between young people and the broader faith community.
- Design, organize and lead systematic and intentional adolescent religious instruction.
Common Career Paths for Youth Director (Church)
Church Youth Directors may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Senior Pastor. The latter position pays an average of $52K annually. Youth Pastors or Associate Pastors are common next-step roles for Church Youth Directors moving up in their careers; annual pay for Youth Pastors is $1K higher on average, and it's $9K higher for Associate Pastors.
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Popular Skills for Youth Director (Church)
Church Youth Directors generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Counseling, Event Planning, Curriculum Planning, and Team Leadership are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Teaching, Leadership, and Worship Planning and Leading. Those educated in Curriculum Planning tend to be well versed in Event Planning.
Pay by Experience Level for Youth Director (Church)
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $31K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $35K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $40K in this role. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $31K.
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