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Career and Education Opportunities for Ministers in Antioch, California

If you want to be a minister, the Antioch, California area offers many opportunities both for education and employment. About 11,200 people are currently employed as ministers in California. By 2016, this is expected to grow by 14% to about 12,800 people employed. This is better than the national trend for ministers, which 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.

A person working as a minister can expect to earn about $24 per hour or $51,960 yearly on average in California and about $20 per hour or $41,730 per year on average in the U.S. as a whole. Ministers earn more than people working in the category of Religious Services generally in California and more than people in the Religious Services category nationally. People working as ministers can fill a number of jobs, such as: ordained minister, catechist, and confessor.

There are ten schools within twenty-five miles of Antioch where you can study to be a minister, among sixty-four schools of higher education total in the Antioch area. The most common level of education for ministers is a Bachelor's degree. You can expect to spend about four years studying 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 Antioch 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

Holy Names University - Oakland, CA

Holy Names University, 3500 Mountain Blvd, Oakland, CA 94619-1699. Holy Names University is a small university located in Oakland, California. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 1,103 students and an admission rate of 74%. Holy Names University has 2 areas of study related to Minister. They are:

  • Pastoral Studies/Counseling, postbaccalaureate certificate and master's degree which graduated zero and seven students respectively in 2008.
  • Pastoral Counseling and Specialized Ministries, Other Specialties, postbaccalaureate certificate and master's degree which graduated four and zero students respectively in 2008.

Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary - Berkeley, CA

Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, 2770 Marin Ave, Berkeley, CA 94708-1597. Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary is a small school located in Berkeley, California. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 110 students. Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary has 2 areas of study related to Minister. They are:

  • Theology/Theological Studies, postbaccalaureate certificate, master's degree, and post-master's certificate which graduated zero, two, and one students respectively in 2008.
  • Divinity/Ministry, professional degree which graduated 14 students in 2008.

Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology - Berkeley, CA

Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology, 2301 Vine Street, Berkeley, CA 94708-1816. Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology is a small school located in Berkeley, California. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 87 students. Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology has 2 areas of study related to Minister. They are:

  • Theology/Theological Studies, master's degree which graduated 5 students in 2008.
  • Divinity/Ministry, professional degree which graduated 6 students in 2008.

Starr King School for Ministry - Berkeley, CA

Starr King School for Ministry, 2441 Le Conte AVE, Berkeley, CA 94709-1209. Starr King School for Ministry is a small school located in Berkeley, California. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 71 students. Starr King School for Ministry has a professional degree program in Divinity/Ministry which graduated nineteen students in 2008.

Graduate Theological Union - Berkeley, CA

Graduate Theological Union, 2400 Ridge Rd, Berkeley, CA 94709. Graduate Theological Union is a small school located in Berkeley, California. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 236 students. Graduate Theological Union has a master's degree and a doctor's degree program in Theology and Religious Vocations, Other Specialties which graduated thirty-two and twenty-four students respectively in 2008.

Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley - Berkeley, CA

Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, 1735 LeRoy Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709. Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley is a small school located in Berkeley, California. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 163 students. Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley has 2 areas of study related to Minister. They are:

  • Theology/Theological Studies, postbaccalaureate certificate and master's degree which graduated one and twenty-one students respectively in 2008.
  • Divinity/Ministry, professional degree which graduated 26 students in 2008.

Franciscan School of Theology - Berkeley, CA

Franciscan School of Theology, 1712 Euclid Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709-1208. Franciscan School of Theology is a small school located in Berkeley, California. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 77 students. Franciscan School of Theology has 2 areas of study related to Minister. They are:

  • Theology/Theological Studies, master's degree which graduated 11 students in 2008.
  • Divinity/Ministry, professional degree which graduated 2 students in 2008.

Pacific School of Religion - Berkeley, CA

Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709. Pacific School of Religion is a small school located in Berkeley, California. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 198 students. Pacific School of Religion has 2 areas of study related to Minister. They are:

  • Theology/Theological Studies, postbaccalaureate certificate, master's degree, post-master's certificate, and doctor's degree which graduated four, ten, zero, and four students respectively in 2008.
  • Divinity/Ministry, professional degree and professional certificate which graduated thirty-three and two students respectively in 2008.

American Baptist Seminary of the West - Berkeley, CA

American Baptist Seminary of the West, 2606 Dwight Way, Berkeley, CA 94704-3029. American Baptist Seminary of the West is a small school located in Berkeley, California. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 66 students. American Baptist Seminary of the West has a master's degree and a professional degree program in Divinity/Ministry which graduated zero and eleven students respectively in 2008.

Church Divinity School of the Pacific - Berkeley, CA

Church Divinity School of the Pacific, 2451 Ridge Road, Berkeley, CA 94709-1211. Church Divinity School of the Pacific is a small school located in Berkeley, California. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 104 students. Church Divinity School of the Pacific has 2 areas of study related to Minister. They are:

  • Theology/Theological Studies, postbaccalaureate certificate, master's degree, and doctor's degree which graduated nine, one, and one students respectively in 2008.
  • Divinity/Ministry, professional degree which graduated 29 students in 2008.

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LOCATION INFORMATION: Antioch, California

Antioch, California
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Antioch is located in Contra Costa County, California. It has a population of over 100,219, which has grown by 10.7% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Antioch, 150, is far greater than the national average. New single-family homes in Antioch cost $255,600 on average, which is well below the state average. In 2008, one hundred twenty-two new homes were constructed in Antioch, down from one hundred fifty-eight the previous year.

The three big industries for women in Antioch are health care, finance and insurance, and educational services. For men, it is construction, administrative and support and waste management services, and professional, scientific, and technical services. The average travel time to work is about 42 minutes. More than 18.2% of Antioch residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 4.6%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Antioch is 12.9%, which is greater than California's average of 12.3%.

The percentage of Antioch residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 38.9%, is less than both the national and state average. Iglesia Biblica Bautista Antioquia, Lone Tree Community Church and Calvary Chapel are all churches located in Antioch. The most prominent religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Baptist General Conference and the LDS (Mormon) Church.

Antioch is home to the Antioch Historical Center and the Lupine Rock Picnic Area as well as Williamson Ranch Park and Fairview Park. Shopping malls in the area include Antioch Square Shopping Center, Raleys Shopping Center and Century Plaza Shopping Center. Visitors to Antioch can choose from Antioch Executive Inn, Best Western Heritage Inn Antioch and Antioch Comfort Suites for temporary stays in the area.