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Career and Education Opportunities for Ministers in Phoenix, Arizona

There is a wide variety of career and education opportunities for ministers in the Phoenix, Arizona area. The national trend for ministers sees this job pool growing by about 12.7% over the next eight years. In general, ministers conduct religious worship and perform other spiritual functions associated with beliefs and practices of religious faith or denomination.

Income for ministers is about $18 per hour or $37,740 yearly on average in Arizona. Nationally, their income is about $20 hourly or $41,730 annually. Compared with people working in the overall category of Religious Services, people working as ministers in Arizona earn the same. They earn more than people working in the overall category of Religious Services nationally. Jobs in this field include: reverend, chancellor, and bishop.

There are seventy-six schools of higher education in the Phoenix area, including three within twenty-five miles of Phoenix where you can get a degree to start your career as a minister. Given that the most common education level for ministers is a Bachelor's degree, it will take about four years to learn to be a minister if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Minister

Minister video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, ministers conduct religious worship and perform other spiritual functions associated with beliefs and practices of religious faith or denomination. They also provide spiritual and moral guidance and assistance to members.

Ministers pray and promote spirituality. They also read from sacred texts such as the Bible or Koran. Equally important, ministers have to ready and deliver sermons and other talks. They are often called upon to administer religious rites or ordinances. They are expected to share data related to religious issues by writing articles or teaching. Finally, ministers perform administrative duties such as overseeing building management, ordering supplies, contracting for services and repairs, and supervising the work of staff members and volunteers.

Every day, ministers are expected to be able to speak clearly. They need to articulate ideas and problems.

It is important for ministers to organize and lead regular religious services. They are often called upon to conduct special ceremonies such as weddings and confirmations. Somewhat less frequently, ministers are also expected to share data related to religious issues by writing articles or teaching.

They also have to be able to participate in fundraising efforts to support congregation efforts and facilities and organize and engage in interfaith and recreational efforts sponsored by or pertaining to their religion. And finally, they sometimes have to administer religious rites or ordinances.

Like many other jobs, ministers must have exceptional integrity and have a strong concern for others.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Phoenix include:

  • Religious Activities Director. Direct and coordinate activities of a denominational group to meet religious needs of students. Plan, direct, or coordinate church school programs designed to promote religious education among church membership. May provide counseling and guidance relative to marital, health, and religious problems.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Minister Training

Phoenix Seminary - Phoenix, AZ

Phoenix Seminary, 4222 E Thomas Rd Ste 400, Phoenix, AZ 85018-7607. Phoenix Seminary is a small school located in Phoenix, Arizona. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 189 students. Phoenix Seminary has 3 areas of study related to Minister. They are:

  • Divinity/Ministry, master's degree which graduated 18 students in 2008.
  • Theological and Ministerial Studies, Other Specialties, postbaccalaureate certificate, master's degree, and doctor's degree which graduated one, six, and one students respectively in 2008.
  • Pastoral Studies/Counseling, postbaccalaureate certificate which graduated 5 students in 2008.

American Indian College of the Assemblies of God Inc - Phoenix, AZ

American Indian College of the Assemblies of God Inc, 10020 N 15th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85021. American Indian College of the Assemblies of God Inc is a small college located in Phoenix, Arizona. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 76 students and an admission rate of 83%. American Indian College of the Assemblies of God Inc has 2 areas of study related to Minister. They are:

  • Pre-Theology/Pre-Ministerial Studies, associate's degree which graduated 1 student in 2008.
  • Theological and Ministerial Studies, Other Specialties, bachelor's degree which graduated 8 students in 2008.

Southwestern College - Phoenix, AZ

Southwestern College, 2625 E Cactus Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85032-7097. Southwestern College is a small college located in Phoenix, Arizona. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 381 students and an admission rate of 76%. Southwestern College has a bachelor's degree program in Pastoral Studies/Counseling which graduated one student in 2008.

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Licensing agency: Behavioral Health Examiners, Board of
Address: 3443 N Central Avenue, # 1700, Phoenix, AZ 85012

Phone: (602) 542-1882
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LOCATION INFORMATION: Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona
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Phoenix is located in Maricopa County, Arizona. It has a population of over 1,567,924, which has grown by 18.7% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Phoenix, 93, is below the national average. New single-family homes in Phoenix cost $218,200 on average, which is below the state average. In 2008, 2,176 new homes were built in Phoenix, down from 6,560 the previous year.

The top three industries for women in Phoenix are health care, educational services, and accommodation and food services. For men, it is construction, administrative and support and waste management services, and accommodation and food services. The average travel time to work is about 26 minutes. More than 22.7% of Phoenix residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 7.6%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Phoenix is 10.0%, which is greater than Arizona's average of 9.3%.

The percentage of Phoenix residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 39.7%, is less than the national average but more than the state average. San Francisco Xavier and Good Shepherd Convent are among the churches located in Phoenix. The most common religious groups are the Catholic Church, the LDS (Mormon) Church and the Southern Baptist Convention.

Phoenix is home to the Arizona Highway Patrol Headquarters and the Gila Valley Lookout as well as Indian Bend Park and Stephen Park. Shopping centers in the area include Alta Vista Shopping Center, Arcadia Plaza Shopping Center and Arcadia Village Shopping Center. Visitors to Phoenix can choose from Four Seasons Limousine LLC, Maricopa Manor B&B Inn and Motel 6 for temporary stays in the area.