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Career and Education Opportunities for Ministers in Oceanside, California

Ministers can find many career and educational opportunities in the Oceanside, California area. There are currently 11,200 jobs for ministers in California and this is projected to grow 14% to about 12,800 jobs by 2016. This is better than the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for ministers are expected to grow by about 12.7%. Ministers generally conduct religious worship and perform other spiritual functions associated with beliefs and practices of religious faith or denomination.

The income of a minister is about $24 hourly or $51,960 yearly on average in California. In the U.S. as a whole, their income is about $20 per hour or $41,730 annually on average. 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. Jobs in this field include: college chaplain, brother, and pope.

The Oceanside area is home to fifty-seven schools of higher education, including five within twenty-five miles of Oceanside where you can get a degree as a minister. Given that the most common education level for ministers is a Bachelor's degree, you can expect to spend about four years training to become 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 Oceanside 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: Oceanside, California

Oceanside, California
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Oceanside is situated in San Diego County, California. It has a population of over 169,684, which has grown by 5.4% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Oceanside, 136, is far greater than the national average. New single-family homes in Oceanside are valued at $388,600 on average, which is far greater than the state average. In 2008, fifty-two new homes were constructed in Oceanside, down from one hundred forty-nine the previous year.

The three most popular industries for women in Oceanside are health care, educational services, and accommodation and food services. For men, it is construction, accommodation and food services, and public administration. The average travel time to work is about 29 minutes. More than 22.2% of Oceanside residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 7.3%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Oceanside is 10.0%, which is less than California's average of 12.3%.

The percentage of Oceanside residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 43.7%, is less than both the national and state average. King of Kins Lutheran Church, Temple Solel and Temple Juda are some of the churches located in Oceanside. The most prominent religious groups are the Catholic Church, the LDS (Mormon) Church and the Southern Baptist Convention.

Oceanside is home to the Oceanside Community Center and the Oceanside-Carlsbad Country Club as well as Heritage Village Park and Libby Lake City Park. Shopping centers in the area include Fire Mountain Shopping Center, Rancho del Oro Plaza Shopping Center and Best Plaza Shopping Center. Visitors to Oceanside can choose from Beachwood Motel, Best Western Oceanside Inn and Best Western - Oceanside Inn for temporary stays in the area.