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Career and Education Opportunities for Ministers in Wilmington, Delaware

Ministers can find many career and educational opportunities in the Wilmington, Delaware area. The national trend for ministers 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.

Ministers earn approximately $22 hourly or $46,510 yearly on average in Delaware. Nationally they average about $20 hourly or $41,730 per year. Earnings for ministers are the same as earnings in the general category of Religious Services in Delaware and better than general Religious Services category earnings nationally. Jobs in this field include: catholic priest, chaplain, and ordained minister.

The Wilmington area is home to 109 schools of higher education, including thirteen within twenty-five miles of Wilmington 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 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 Wilmington 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

Neumann College - Aston, PA

Neumann College, One Neumann Drive, Aston, PA 19014-1298. Neumann College is a small college located in Aston, Pennsylvania. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 3,037 students and an admission rate of 95%. Neumann College has a master's degree program in Pastoral Studies/Counseling which graduated twenty-one students in 2008.

Won Institute of Graduate Studies - Glenside, PA

Won Institute of Graduate Studies, 137 S Easton Rd, Glenside, PA 19038-4535. Won Institute of Graduate Studies is a small school located in Glenside, Pennsylvania. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 49 students. Won Institute of Graduate Studies has a master's degree program in Pastoral Counseling and Specialized Ministries, Other Specialties which graduated one student in 2008.

Gratz College - Melrose Park, PA

Gratz College, 7605 Old York Rd, Melrose Park, PA 19027-3010. Gratz College is a small college located in Melrose Park, Pennsylvania. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 443 students. Gratz College has a master's degree program in Theology and Religious Vocations, Other Specialties.

Eastern University - Saint Davids, PA

Eastern University, 1300 Eagle Rd, Saint Davids, PA 19087-3696. Eastern University is a small university located in Saint Davids, Pennsylvania. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 3,907 students and an admission rate of 62%. Eastern University has 4 areas of study related to Minister. They are:

  • Theology/Theological Studies, bachelor's degree and master's degree which graduated eleven and thirteen students respectively in 2008.
  • Divinity/Ministry, professional degree which graduated 35 students in 2008.
  • Pastoral Studies/Counseling, doctor's degree which graduated 12 students in 2008.
  • Youth Ministry, bachelor's degree which graduated 33 students in 2008.

Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia - Philadelphia, PA

Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, 7301 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19119-1794. Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia is a small school located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 271 students. Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia has 5 areas of study related to Minister. They are:

  • Theology/Theological Studies, doctor's degree which graduated 1 student in 2008.
  • Divinity/Ministry, professional degree which graduated 26 students in 2008.
  • Pre-Theology/Pre-Ministerial Studies, postbaccalaureate certificate which graduated 3 students in 2008.
  • Theological and Ministerial Studies, Other Specialties, postbaccalaureate certificate, master's degree, and doctor's degree which graduated five, eleven, and nineteen students respectively in 2008.
  • Theology and Religious Vocations, Other Specialties, master's degree which graduated 10 students in 2008.

Theological Seminary of the Reformed Episcopal Church - Blue Bell, PA

Theological Seminary of the Reformed Episcopal Church, 826 Second Avenue, Blue Bell, PA 19422-1257. Theological Seminary of the Reformed Episcopal Church is a small school located in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 13 students. Theological Seminary of the Reformed Episcopal Church has a professional degree and a professional certificate program in Divinity/Ministry which graduated five and zero students respectively in 2008.

Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary-Overbrook - Wynnewood, PA

Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary-Overbrook, 100 East Wynnewood Road, Wynnewood, PA 19096. Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary-Overbrook is a small school located in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 244 students and an admission rate of 100%. Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary-Overbrook has 3 areas of study related to Minister. They are:

  • Theology/Theological Studies, postbaccalaureate certificate and master's degree which graduated fifteen and twenty-two students respectively in 2008.
  • Divinity/Ministry, professional degree which graduated 22 students in 2008.
  • Theological and Ministerial Studies, Other Specialties, less than one year and one to two year which graduated nine and three students respectively in 2008.

Westminster Theological Seminary - Glenside, PA

Westminster Theological Seminary, 2960 W Church Rd, Glenside, PA 19038. Westminster Theological Seminary is a small school located in Glenside, Pennsylvania. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 720 students. Westminster Theological Seminary has 2 areas of study related to Minister. They are:

  • Divinity/Ministry, professional degree which graduated 40 students in 2008.
  • Theological and Ministerial Studies, Other Specialties, doctor's degree which graduated 10 students in 2008.

Immaculata University - Immaculata, PA

Immaculata University, 1145 King Rd, Immaculata, PA 19345-0702. Immaculata University is a small university located in Immaculata, Pennsylvania. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 3,855 students and an admission rate of 80%. Immaculata University has a bachelor's degree program in Theology/Theological Studies.

La Salle University - Philadelphia, PA

La Salle University, 1900 W Olney Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19141-1199. La Salle University is a medium sized university located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 6,176 students and an admission rate of 68%. La Salle University has a postbaccalaureate certificate program in Pastoral Studies/Counseling.

Bryn Athyn College of the New Church - Bryn Athyn, PA

Bryn Athyn College of the New Church, 801 Tomlinson Rd, Bryn Athyn, PA 19009-0717. Bryn Athyn College of the New Church is a small college located in Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 169 students and an admission rate of 88%. Bryn Athyn College of the New Church has a professional degree program in Divinity/Ministry which graduated two students in 2008.

Valley Forge Christian College - Phoenixville, PA

Valley Forge Christian College, 1401 Charlestown Road, Phoenixville, PA 19460. Valley Forge Christian College is a small college located in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 1,143 students. Valley Forge Christian College has 4 areas of study related to Minister. They are:

  • Theology/Theological Studies, bachelor's degree which graduated 4 students in 2008.
  • Pastoral Studies/Counseling, bachelor's degree which graduated 25 students in 2008.
  • Youth Ministry, bachelor's degree which graduated 20 students in 2008.
  • Theology and Religious Vocations, Other Specialties, bachelor's degree which graduated 5 students in 2008.

Chestnut Hill College - Philadelphia, PA

Chestnut Hill College, 9601 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118-2693. Chestnut Hill College is a small college located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 2,046 students and an admission rate of 74%. Chestnut Hill College has a master's degree program in Pastoral Counseling and Specialized Ministries, Other Specialties which graduated six students in 2008.

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LOCATION INFORMATION: Wilmington, Delaware

Wilmington, Delaware
Wilmington, Delaware photo by Malepheasant

Wilmington is located in New Castle County, Delaware. It has a population of over 72,592, which has shrunk by 0.1% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Wilmington, 102, is above the national average. New single-family homes in Wilmington are valued at $58,400 on average, which is far less than the state average. In 2008, twenty-eight new homes were built in Wilmington, down from forty-seven the previous year.

The three most popular industries for women in Wilmington are finance and insurance, health care, and educational services. For men, it is finance and insurance, construction, and professional, scientific, and technical services. The average travel time to work is about 23 minutes. More than 21.4% of Wilmington residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 8.6%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Wilmington is 13.3%, which is greater than Delaware's average of 8.5%.

The percentage of Wilmington residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 45.7%, is less than the national average but more than the state average. Saint Andrews Church, Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Beth Shalom Congregation are among the churches located in Wilmington. The largest religious groups are the Catholic Church, the United Methodist Church and the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Wilmington is home to the Interchange 3 and the The Rocks as well as Rodney Square and Cool Spring Park. Visitors to Wilmington can choose from Howard Johnson Restaurants, Riverview Motel and Hotel Du Pont for temporary stays in the area.