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Career and Education Opportunities for Ministers in Atlanta, Georgia

There are many career and education opportunities for ministers in the Atlanta, Georgia area. There are currently 7,340 jobs for ministers in Georgia and this is projected to grow 29% to 9,480 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%. In general, ministers conduct religious worship and perform other spiritual functions associated with beliefs and practices of religious faith or denomination.

Income for ministers is about $20 hourly or $42,940 annually on average in Georgia. Nationally, their income is about $20 per hour or $41,730 per year. Earnings for ministers are better than earnings in the general category of Religious Services in Georgia and better than general Religious Services category earnings nationally. Ministers work in a variety of jobs, including: visitation minister, youth pastor, and preacher.

The Atlanta area is home to ninety-one schools of higher education, including six within twenty-five miles of Atlanta where you can get a degree as a minister. Given that the most common education level 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 Atlanta 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

Luther Rice University - Lithonia, GA

Luther Rice University, 3038 Evans Mill Rd, Lithonia, GA 30038-2418. Luther Rice University is a small university located in Lithonia, Georgia. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 889 students. Luther Rice University has 3 areas of study related to Minister. They are:

  • Divinity/Ministry, master's degree which graduated 67 students in 2008.
  • Theological and Ministerial Studies, Other Specialties, master's degree and doctor's degree which graduated thirty-one and ten students respectively in 2008.
  • Pastoral Studies/Counseling, master's degree which graduated 32 students in 2008.

Emory University - Atlanta, GA

Emory University, 408 Administration Building, 201 Dowman Drive, Atlanta, GA 30322. Emory University is a large university located in Atlanta, Georgia. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 12,755 students and an admission rate of 27%. Emory University has 3 areas of study related to Minister. They are:

  • Theology/Theological Studies, master's degree which graduated 33 students in 2008.
  • Divinity/Ministry, professional degree which graduated 128 students in 2008.
  • Pastoral Studies/Counseling, doctor's degree.

Interdenominational Theological Center - Atlanta, GA

Interdenominational Theological Center, 700 Martin Luther King Jr Dr, Atlanta, GA 30314-4143. Interdenominational Theological Center is a small school located in Atlanta, Georgia. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 431 students. Interdenominational Theological Center has 2 areas of study related to Minister. They are:

  • Divinity/Ministry, professional degree which graduated 91 students in 2008.
  • Theology and Religious Vocations, Other Specialties, doctor's degree which graduated 16 students in 2008.

Columbia Theological Seminary - Decatur, GA

Columbia Theological Seminary, 701 S. Columbia Dr, Decatur, GA 30030-4118. Columbia Theological Seminary is a small school located in Decatur, Georgia. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 270 students. Columbia Theological Seminary has 3 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 and doctor's degree which graduated fifty-four and thirty-seven students respectively in 2008.
  • Pastoral Studies/Counseling, doctor's degree which graduated 2 students in 2008.

Shorter College-Professional Studies - Atlanta, GA

Shorter College-Professional Studies, 6151 Powers Ferry Rd Ste 170, Atlanta, GA 30339. Shorter College-Professional Studies is a small college located in Atlanta, Georgia. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 1,920 students and an admission rate of 87%. Shorter College-Professional Studies has a bachelor's degree program in Pre-Theology/Pre-Ministerial Studies which graduated thirteen students in 2008.

Atlanta Christian College - East Point, GA

Atlanta Christian College, 2605 Ben Hill Rd, East Point, GA 30344. Atlanta Christian College is a small college located in East Point, Georgia. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 456 students and an admission rate of 78%. Atlanta Christian College has a bachelor's degree program in Theology/Theological Studies.

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LOCATION INFORMATION: Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta, Georgia
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Atlanta is located in Fulton County, Georgia. It has a population of over 537,958, which has grown by 29.2% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Atlanta, 94, is below the national average. New single-family homes in Atlanta cost $173,200 on average, which is well above the state average. In 2008, five hundred two new homes were constructed in Atlanta, down from 1,247 the previous year.

The three most popular industries for women in Atlanta are educational services, professional, scientific, and technical services, and health care. For men, it is professional, scientific, and technical services, construction, and accommodation and food services. The average commute to work is about 28 minutes. More than 34.6% of Atlanta residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 13.8%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Atlanta is 11.1%, which is greater than Georgia's average of 10.1%.

The percentage of Atlanta residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 58.7%, is more than both the national and state average. Aarons Tabernacle Church, Welcome Home Baptist Church and Adair Park Church are some of the churches located in Atlanta. The largest religious groups are the Southern Baptist Convention, the United Methodist Church and the Catholic Church.

Atlanta is home to the Martin Luther King Junior Community Center and the Diuid Hills Golf Club as well as Alexander Park and Wesley Avenue Park. Shopping malls in the area include Rio Mall Shopping Center, Collier Heights Plaza Shopping Center and Northside Parkway Shopping Center. Visitors to Atlanta can choose from Country Inn-Stes Atl Dwntwn S, Comfort Inn and Comfort Inn Buckhead North for temporary stays in the area.