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Career and Education Opportunities for Ministers in Tampa, Florida

Tampa, Florida provides a wide variety of opportunities, both career and educational, for ministers. Currently, 13,650 people work as ministers in Florida. This is expected to grow 23% to 16,740 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. In general, ministers 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 $17 per hour or $36,660 yearly on average in Florida and about $20 hourly or $41,730 yearly on average in the U.S. as a whole. Earnings for ministers are better than earnings in the general category of Religious Services in Florida and better than general Religious Services category earnings nationally. Ministers work in a variety of jobs, including: pope, catechist, and catholic priest.

The Tampa area is home to fifty-four schools of higher education, including five within twenty-five miles of Tampa 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 Tampa 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

Saint Leo University - Saint Leo, FL

Saint Leo University, 33701 State Road 52, Saint Leo, FL 33574-6665. Saint Leo University is a large university located in Saint Leo, Florida. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 12,442 students and an admission rate of 73%. Saint Leo University has a bachelor's degree and a master's degree program in Theology/Theological Studies which graduated zero and thirty-one students respectively in 2008.

Trinity College of Florida - Trinity, FL

Trinity College of Florida, 2430 Welbilt Boulevard, Trinity, FL 34655-4401. Trinity College of Florida is a small college located in Trinity, Florida. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 180 students and an admission rate of 37%. Trinity College of Florida has 4 areas of study related to Minister. They are:

  • Pre-Theology/Pre-Ministerial Studies, bachelor's degree which graduated 15 students in 2008.
  • Theological and Ministerial Studies, Other Specialties, bachelor's degree.
  • Pastoral Studies/Counseling, bachelor's degree which graduated 6 students in 2008.
  • Youth Ministry, bachelor's degree which graduated 3 students in 2008.

Southeastern University - Lakeland, FL

Southeastern University, 1000 Longfellow Blvd, Lakeland, FL 33801-6034. Southeastern University is a small university located in Lakeland, Florida. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 3,075 students. Southeastern University has 3 areas of study related to Minister. They are:

  • Pre-Theology/Pre-Ministerial Studies, bachelor's degree which graduated 10 students in 2008.
  • Youth Ministry, bachelor's degree.
  • Theology and Religious Vocations, Other Specialties, bachelor's degree and master's degree which graduated six and fourteen students respectively in 2008.

Clearwater Christian College - Clearwater, FL

Clearwater Christian College, 3400 Gulf to Bay Blvd, Clearwater, FL 33759-4595. Clearwater Christian College is a small college located in Clearwater, Florida. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 604 students and an admission rate of 89%. Clearwater Christian College has 2 areas of study related to Minister. They are:

  • Pastoral Studies/Counseling, bachelor's degree.
  • Theology and Religious Vocations, Other Specialties, bachelor's degree which graduated 3 students in 2008.

St. Petersburg Theological Seminary - Saint Petersburg, FL

St. Petersburg Theological Seminary, 10830 Navajo Dr, Saint Petersburg, FL 33708-3116. St. Petersburg Theological Seminary is a small school located in Saint Petersburg, Florida. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 46 students. St. Petersburg Theological Seminary has 2 areas of study related to Minister. They are:

  • Theology/Theological Studies, bachelor's degree, master's degree, and doctor's degree which graduated two, two, and one students respectively in 2008.
  • Divinity/Ministry, professional degree which graduated 1 student in 2008.

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LOCATION INFORMATION: Tampa, Florida

Tampa, Florida
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Tampa is located in Hillsborough County, Florida. It has a population of over 340,882, which has grown by 12.3% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Tampa, 95, is near the national average. New single-family homes in Tampa are valued at $188,700 on average, which is far less than the state average. In 2008, six hundred thirty-five new homes were constructed in Tampa, down from 1,008 the previous year.

The three big industries for women in Tampa are health care, educational services, and finance and insurance. For men, it is construction, professional, scientific, and technical services, and accommodation and food services. The average travel time to work is about 23 minutes. More than 25.4% of Tampa residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 9.2%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Tampa is 11.8%, which is greater than Florida's average of 11.3%.

The percentage of Tampa residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 41.8%, is less than the national average but more than the state average. Abundant Life Assembly of God Church, Florida Tampa Mission and Most Holy Redeemer Church are among the churches located in Tampa. The largest religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Southern Baptist Convention and the United Methodist Church.

Tampa is home to the Parkers Railroad Station and the Drew Station Railroad Station as well as Ybor City Museum State Park and American Legion Playground. Shopping centers in the area include Northgate Shopping Center, Old Hyde Park Village Shopping Center and Benttree Plaza Shopping Center. Visitors to Tampa can choose from Backstage Restaurant & Lounge, Baymont Tampa Busch Gardens and Budget Inn for temporary stays in the area.