RECOMMENDED RELIGIOUS EDUCATION STAFFING RATIOS
Compiled by Laurel Amabile, Lifespan Program Consultant and
Beth Williams, UUA RE Credentialing Director
According to Roy Oswald, author and Alban Institute consultant, the guidelines for
congregation staffing breaks out in the following categories:
Staffing for Growth = One full-time program person for every 100 active
Staffing for Maintenance = Slightly less than one full-time program person for
every 100 active members.
Staffing for Decline = Significantly less than one full-time program person for
100 active members.
Active member refers to the average number of adults and children who attend
worship or a religious education program throughout the year.
The above recommendations can be a guide in assessing religious education program
staffing needs based on numbers of participants in the religious education program.
Program size and scope, as well as ranges of ages served, must also be considered in
order to adequately plan for staffing needs. A congregational mission of religious
education program growth in size and deepening in content is assumed in the following
Number of Children & Youth Staffing for Growth
(Average Attendance) (Weekly, assumes religious educator
unless otherwise stated)
Fewer than 30 12 hours (3.5 units)
Between 30-59 24 hours (7 units)
Between 60-89 36 hours (10 units)
Between 90-149 40 hours (12 units) + 20 hours (6 units)
Between 150-200 40 hours (12 units) + 40 hours (12 units)
Over 200 40 hours (12 units) + 40 hours (12 units)
Assistant + multiple part-time support
Add at least one unit per week each if religious education responsibilities include the
following (at least 3.5 hours for each additional responsibility): curriculum development,
child-care coordination, coming of age program, youth program coordination, strategic
planning, intergenerational worship, small group ministry, campus ministry/young adult
ministry, family ministry, adult education, pastoral care/counseling, interfaith or social
justice activities, community-building activities, and any other responsibility, beyond
routine religious education program administration, intended to support the growth and
maintenance of a healthy congregation. Total units may be adjusted up or down
depending on the absence or presence of a strong pool of religious education
Part-time support staff positions may include: youth program/campus or young adult
ministry coordinators/directors, administrative, resource, or clerical assistants.