A teaching pastor's main responsibility, as the job title states, is to teach classes of various types. This may include Bible classes to all ages and levels of church members, along with sermons. Part of her responsibilities are to free up the senior pastor to fulfill his other duties.
Some churches do not request that the teaching pastor have a degree, although other congregations do require that the teaching pastor obtain at least a four-year degree in theology, ministerial studies or a related field. Some churches also request that the applicant have attended a Christian school with a similar doctrinal statement. Some churches prefer that the candidate possess an advanced degree.
Qualifications and Training
Qualification and training requirements differ from congregation to congregation. However, most churches want an applicant who is passionate about God's word, especially about teaching. Some churches request that the applicant hold leadership qualifications, including managing personnel. Prior and proven teaching experience, along with excellent communication skills, enhance the applicant's employment opportunities. The candidate should agree with the church vision and statement of faith. Many congregations strongly prefer someone with a willingness to be accountable and work well with a team.
Some churches request that the applicant speak at one-fourth to one-third of weekend services. Additional responsibilities include: teaching any classes as needed, developing theological training and message content,; assisting with budget planning, participating in staff training, directing community involvement, spending time in teaching preparation, providing spiritual guidance and modeling an exemplary lifestyle.
Although compensation packages vary from church to church, many full-time teaching pastors receive at least some benefits. Often these include health insurance (medical, dental and life), a retirement package and paid time off.
Church salary figures vary widely and do not always correlate with church size. However, according to information obtained from The Director of Church Volunteer Ministries, average compensation runs about $60,000 per year. This figure includes housing allowances but no additional benefits that may be part of the minister's compensation.
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