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Career and Education Opportunities for Ministers in Thornton, Colorado

Ministers can find many career and educational opportunities in the Thornton, Colorado area. There are currently 4,760 working ministers in Colorado; this should grow 20% to 5,710 working ministers in the state 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 per year on average in Colorado and about $20 hourly or $41,730 annually on average in the U.S. as a whole. Compared with people working in the overall category of Religious Services, people working as ministers in Colorado earn more. They earn more than people working in the overall category of Religious Services nationally. Jobs in this field include: marriage counselor minister, bishop, and catechist.

There are four schools within twenty-five miles of Thornton where you can study to be a minister, among fifty-nine schools of higher education total in the Thornton area. The most common level of education 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 Thornton 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: Thornton, Colorado

Thornton, Colorado
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Thornton is located in Adams County, Colorado. It has a population of over 113,429, which has grown by 37.7% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Thornton, 94, is below the national average. New single-family homes in Thornton are priced at $176,300 on average, which is far less than the state average. In 2008, two hundred ninety-five new homes were constructed in Thornton, down from four hundred eighty-four the previous year.

The three big industries for women in Thornton are educational services, health care, and finance and insurance. For men, it is construction, professional, scientific, and technical services, and administrative and support and waste management services. The average commute to work is about 29 minutes. More than 19.9% of Thornton residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 4.8%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Thornton is 6.3%, which is less than Colorado's average of 6.6%.

The percentage of Thornton residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 30.4%, is less than both the national and state average. The largest religious groups are the Catholic Church, the LDS (Mormon) Church and the Lutheran Church.