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Career and Education Opportunities for Ministers in Denver, Colorado

Denver, Colorado provides a wide variety of opportunities, both career and educational, for ministers. Currently, 4,760 people work as ministers in Colorado. This is expected to grow 20% to about 5,710 people 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. Ministers generally 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 $20 hourly or $43,520 annually on average in Colorado and about $20 per hour or $41,730 per year on average in the U.S. as a whole. Earnings for ministers are better than earnings in the general category of Religious Services in Colorado and better than general Religious Services category earnings nationally. Ministers work in a variety of jobs, including: children's pastor, minister assistant, and youth pastor.

There are four schools within twenty-five miles of Denver where you can study to be a minister, among sixty-four schools of higher education total in the Denver area. Ministers usually hold a Bachelor's degree, so 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 Denver 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

Iliff School of Theology - Denver, CO

Iliff School of Theology, 2201 S University Blvd, Denver, CO 80210-4798. Iliff School of Theology is a small school located in Denver, Colorado. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 194 students. Iliff School of Theology has 2 areas of study related to Minister. They are:

  • Theology/Theological Studies, master's degree which graduated 42 students in 2008.
  • Divinity/Ministry, master's degree which graduated 18 students in 2008.

Denver Seminary - Littleton, CO

Denver Seminary, 6399 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, CO 80120. Denver Seminary is a small school located in Littleton, Colorado. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 905 students. Denver Seminary has 6 areas of study related to Minister. They are:

  • Theology/Theological Studies, postbaccalaureate certificate which graduated 4 students in 2008.
  • Divinity/Ministry, professional degree which graduated 41 students in 2008.
  • Theological and Ministerial Studies, Other Specialties, doctor's degree which graduated 7 students in 2008.
  • Youth Ministry, master's degree which graduated 8 students in 2008.
  • Pastoral Counseling and Specialized Ministries, Other Specialties, master's degree which graduated 7 students in 2008.
  • Theology and Religious Vocations, Other Specialties, master's degree which graduated 11 students in 2008.

Colorado Christian University - Lakewood, CO

Colorado Christian University, 8787 West Alameda Avenue, Lakewood, CO 80226. Colorado Christian University is a small university located in Lakewood, Colorado. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 2,583 students and an admission rate of 32%. Colorado Christian University has 2 areas of study related to Minister. They are:

  • Theology/Theological Studies, bachelor's degree.
  • Youth Ministry, bachelor's degree which graduated 8 students in 2008.

Naropa University - Boulder, CO

Naropa University, 2130 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302-6697. Naropa University is a small university located in Boulder, Colorado. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 1,075 students and an admission rate of 57%. Naropa University has a master's degree program in Divinity/Ministry which graduated five students in 2008.

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LOCATION INFORMATION: Denver, Colorado

Denver, Colorado
Denver, Colorado photo by David Shankbone

Denver is located in Denver County, Colorado. It has a population of over 598,707, which has grown by 7.9% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Denver, 102, is near the national average. New single-family homes in Denver are priced at $223,800 on average, which is below the state average. In 2008, eight hundred thirty-seven new homes were constructed in Denver, down from 1,215 the previous year.

The top three industries for women in Denver are health care, educational services, and professional, scientific, and technical services. For men, it is construction, professional, scientific, and technical services, and accommodation and food services. The average travel time to work is about 25 minutes. More than 34.5% of Denver residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 12.4%, is higher than the state average.

The percentage of Denver residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 53.0%, is more than both the national and state average. The most prominent religious groups are the Catholic Church, the American Baptist Churches in the USA and the Episcopal Church.

Denver is home to the J F Kennedy Municipal Golf Course and the North Marston Filtration Plant as well as Cheesman Park and Bear Creek Park. Shopping malls in the area include Alameda Square Shopping Center, Boulevard Shopping Center and Brentwood Plaza Shopping Center. Visitors to Denver can choose from Embassy Suites Hotel Denver Downtown, Intown Suites Aurora and Denver Marriott City Center for temporary stays in the area.