Understanding the Data

My position isn’t listed. What should I do?

ChurchSalary classifies pastors and church staff using eighteen positions. These positions cover the vast majority of common church jobs.

If you are having a hard time matching an employee, consult this list of expanded job descriptions.

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Hard to Classify Pastors:

Pastors who serve adults are often the hardest employees to classify. However, they generally fit into one (or more) of these three main adult pastor positions:

  1. Associate
  2. Adult Ministry
  3. Christian Education

Because titles and responsibilities for adult pastors vary between churches, the expanded descriptions below may help disambiguate hard-to-classify pastors at your church.

Associate Pastors typically hold a level of churchwide leadership that adult ministry or christian education pastors/directors do not. Associate pastors commonly preach from the pulpit, filling in for the senior pastor, and/or they are responsible for leading multiple ministries and/or committees (sometimes even non-adult ministries at smaller churches). In some churches, an associate pastor functions like an assistant pastor (to the senior pastor) but without all of the administrative, personnel, and financial duties of an executive pastor.

Adult Ministry Pastors/Directors typically focus on either a specific age group or a defined demographic within the church (i.e., senior adults, women, men, young families) or they are responsible for a ministry that serves adults (e.g., hospital visitation or missions/outreach).

Christian Education Pastors/Directors typically hold education or discipleship roles. They are responsible for the adult segments of a church's Sunday school, discipleship groups, cell/home groups, discipleship, and catechism or spiritual formation.



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