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How to Become a Sunday School Superintendent in the US

Sunday school is an institution that teaches children, teens and adults the gospel doctrine. Many churches and other religious organizations hire Sunday school superintendents to ensure this institution runs smoothly. If you would like to pursue a career that enables you to make a difference in the spiritual lives of people, this is the career for you.

What Do Sunday School Superintendents Do?

Their duties include:

  • Collaborating with pastors to develop an administrative structure for the school – this includes creating departments and Sunday school programs
  • Ensuring Sunday school events do not conflict with the church’s main schedule
  • Training class coordinators and teachers and helping them reach their instructional goals
  • Selecting and training class leaders, and helping them resolve classroom issues
  • Helping new visitors find classes that are appropriate for their ages
  • Coordinating community outreach activities.

Work Environment

Do Sunday school superintendents only work on Sundays? Well, obviously not! If you want to join this profession, expect to work from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, as well as during the weekends. In fact, you should report to work earlier on Sunday, and probably leave late.

These superintendents have offices, which are located within church compounds.

Salary

What is the average annual salary for Sunday school superintendents? Find out below:

Occupation

Annual Wage

Sunday school superintendent

$33,000

Source: Indeed

Entry Requirements

In this profession, your religious background matters much more than your professional standing. To begin with, you must have a strong belief in Christian values. The desire to minister to the word of God is also plus.

Since professional training is not mandatory for employment, many religious organizations hire individuals with a high school diploma and train them on the job.

However, if you wish to seek professional training and improve your job prospects, you can pursue an associated degree in religious studies. Some of the universities offering this credential include:

Important Qualities

Competent Sunday school superintendents possess:

  • A good understanding of biblical teachings
  • The ability to set a good example for young people
  • Strong leadership and administrative skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Good personnel management skills
  • Good teamwork skills
  • The ability to teach and people skills (Instructional skills)
  • Good decision-making skills
  • A humble attitude and trustworthiness
  • Self-confidence.

Career Development

Many aspiring superintendents begin in entry-level positions and work their way up. You can even volunteer as a Sunday school teacher and continue working until a vacancy in the superintendent’s position occurs. During this time, you should develop relationships with senior church leaders, as well as demonstrate your ability to lead. If you don’t possess a professional credential, this may be the best time to earn it.

After becoming a superintendent, you should focus on:

  • Attending events organized by the National Baptist Convention, especially the Sunday School Superintendents Conference
  • Pursuing a certification program offered by the National Sunday School Association
  • Obtaining a bachelor’s degree in religious studies or a closely related field

Job Opportunities

Churches that prescribe to the Christian faith are the primary employers of Sunday school superintendents. Opportunities may also be available in primary and secondary schools.

Experienced superintendents can progress to other senior positions within the church structure, such as ministry director or church secretary. Those with a bachelor’s degree may secure pastoral positions.

Although the Bureau of Labor Statistics doesn’t provide occupational statistics for Sunday school superintendents, this is not a profession with impressive growth prospects. Vacancies usually occur when a superintendent moves to another position or a new church is established.

A great desire to spread the Sunday school ministry and positively influence the lives of many people can keep you going until you land this job. Good luck!

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