ChurchSalary classifies pastors and church staff using 18 positions. The vast majority of common church jobs are covered by these 18 positions. Look through the descriptions and common titles for each position on the Query page and select the position that most closely matches the employee(s) at your church.
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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:
- Adult Ministry
- 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 adult-related ministries and/or committees. 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.