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Career and Education Opportunities for Ministers in Chula Vista, California

If you want to be a minister, the Chula Vista, California area offers many opportunities both for education and employment. There are currently 11,200 jobs for ministers in California and this is projected to grow by 14% to 12,800 jobs by 2016. 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.

Ministers earn approximately $24 hourly or $51,960 yearly on average in California. Nationally they average about $20 per hour or $41,730 per year. Compared with people working in the overall category of Religious Services, people working as ministers in California earn more. They earn more than people working in the overall category of Religious Services nationally. People working as ministers can fill a number of jobs, such as: marriage counselor minister, evangelism pastor, and chaplain.

There are sixty schools of higher education in the Chula Vista area, including five within twenty-five miles of Chula Vista where you can get a degree to start your career as a minister. 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 Chula Vista 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

Point Loma Nazarene University - San Diego, CA

Point Loma Nazarene University, 3900 Lomaland Dr, San Diego, CA 92106-2899. Point Loma Nazarene University is a small university located in San Diego, California. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 3,681 students and an admission rate of 78%. Point Loma Nazarene University has 2 areas of study related to Minister. They are:

  • Pre-Theology/Pre-Ministerial Studies, bachelor's degree.
  • Theological and Ministerial Studies, Other Specialties, bachelor's degree and master's degree which graduated zero and two students respectively in 2008.

University of San Diego - San Diego, CA

University of San Diego, 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110-2492. University of San Diego is a medium sized university located in San Diego, California. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 7,832 students and an admission rate of 52%. University of San Diego has 2 areas of study related to Minister. They are:

  • Theology/Theological Studies, master's degree which graduated 1 student in 2008.
  • Pastoral Studies/Counseling, master's degree which graduated 6 students in 2008.

Bethel Seminary San Diego - San Diego, CA

Bethel Seminary San Diego, 6116 Arosa St, San Diego, CA 92115. Bethel Seminary San Diego is a small school located in San Diego, California. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 214 students. Bethel Seminary San Diego has 3 areas of study related to Minister. They are:

  • Theology/Theological Studies, master's degree which graduated 8 students in 2008.
  • Divinity/Ministry, professional degree which graduated 5 students in 2008.
  • Pastoral Studies/Counseling, master's degree which graduated 11 students in 2008.

Westminster Theological Seminary in California - Escondido, CA

Westminster Theological Seminary in California, 1725 Bear Valley Pky, Escondido, CA 92027. Westminster Theological Seminary in California is a small school located in Escondido, California. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 131 students. Westminster Theological Seminary in California has 2 areas of study related to Minister. They are:

  • Theology/Theological Studies, master's degree which graduated 9 students in 2008.
  • Divinity/Ministry, master's degree which graduated 23 students in 2008.

Southern California Seminary - El Cajon, CA

Southern California Seminary, 2075 E. Madison Avenue, El Cajon, CA 92019-1108. Southern California Seminary is a small school located in El Cajon, California. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 158 students. Southern California Seminary has a professional degree program in Divinity/Ministry which graduated seven students in 2008.

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LOCATION INFORMATION: Chula Vista, California

Chula Vista, California
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Chula Vista is located in San Diego County, California. It has a population of over 219,318, which has grown by 26.4% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Chula Vista, 134, is far greater than the national average. New single-family homes in Chula Vista are valued at $226,700 on average, which is far less than the state average. In 2008, one hundred eleven new homes were built in Chula Vista, down from three hundred twelve the previous year.

The three big industries for women in Chula Vista are health care, educational services, and public administration. For men, it is construction, public administration, and accommodation and food services. The average commute to work is about 27 minutes. More than 22.2% of Chula Vista residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 7.2%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Chula Vista is 12.3%, which is the same as California's average of 12.3%.

The percentage of Chula Vista residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 43.7%, is less than both the national and state average. Seventh Day Adventist Church, First Christian Church and First Church of Christ are some of the churches located in Chula Vista. The largest religious groups are the Catholic Church, the LDS (Mormon) Church and the Southern Baptist Convention.

Chula Vista is home to the Fenton Ranch and the Chula Vista Municipal Golf Course as well as Los Ninos Park and Library Park. Shopping centers in the area include Florence Shopping Center, Rio Sweetwater Plaza Shopping Center and Genesis Square Shopping Center. Visitors to Chula Vista can choose from Best Western Chula Vista Inn, Bay Cities Motel and Big 7 Motel for temporary stays in the area.