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Career and Education Opportunities for Ministers in Elgin, Illinois

If you want to be a minister, the Elgin, Illinois area offers many opportunities both for education and employment. There are currently 13,260 jobs for ministers in Illinois and this is projected to grow by 20% to about 15,840 jobs 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.

Ministers earn about $18 hourly or $39,030 per year on average in Illinois and about $20 hourly or $41,730 yearly on average nationally. Incomes for ministers are better than in the overall category of Religious Services in Illinois, and better than the overall Religious Services category nationally. Ministers work in a variety of jobs, including: chaplain, pope, and visitation minister.

There are six schools within twenty-five miles of Elgin where you can study to be a minister, among sixty-one schools of higher education total in the Elgin 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 Elgin 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

Elmhurst College - Elmhurst, IL

Elmhurst College, 190 Prospect Ave, Elmhurst, IL 60126-3096. Elmhurst College is a small college located in Elmhurst, Illinois. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 3,315 students and an admission rate of 69%. Elmhurst College has 2 areas of study related to Minister. They are:

  • Theology/Theological Studies, bachelor's degree.
  • Pre-Theology/Pre-Ministerial Studies, bachelor's degree.

Judson University - Elgin, IL

Judson University, 1151 N State St, Elgin, IL 60123-1498. Judson University is a small university located in Elgin, Illinois. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 1,226 students. Judson University has a bachelor's degree program in Youth Ministry.

Trinity International University - Deerfield, IL

Trinity International University, 2065 Half Day Rd, Deerfield, IL 60015-1283. Trinity International University is a small university located in Deerfield, Illinois. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 2,654 students and an admission rate of 63%. Trinity International University has 4 areas of study related to Minister. They are:

  • Theology/Theological Studies, master's degree and doctor's degree which graduated forty-five and eleven students respectively in 2008.
  • Divinity/Ministry, professional degree which graduated 82 students in 2008.
  • Pastoral Studies/Counseling, master's degree and doctor's degree which graduated seven and twenty-four students respectively in 2008.
  • Clinical Pastoral Counseling/Patient Counseling, master's degree which graduated 20 students in 2008.

Christian Life College - Mount Prospect, IL

Christian Life College, 400 E Gregory St, Mount Prospect, IL 60056-2522. Christian Life College is a small college located in Mount Prospect, Illinois. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 45 students and an admission rate of 67%. Christian Life College has 3 areas of study related to Minister. They are:

  • Theology/Theological Studies, bachelor's degree which graduated 7 students in 2008.
  • Pastoral Studies/Counseling, bachelor's degree.
  • Youth Ministry, associate's degree.

University of Saint Mary of the Lake - Mundelein, IL

University of Saint Mary of the Lake, 1000 E Maple Ave, Mundelein, IL 60060-1174. University of Saint Mary of the Lake is a small university located in Mundelein, Illinois. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 222 students. University of Saint Mary of the Lake has 3 areas of study related to Minister. They are:

  • Theology/Theological Studies, master's degree, post-master's certificate, and doctor's degree which graduated two, zero, and four students respectively in 2008.
  • Divinity/Ministry, professional degree which graduated 45 students in 2008.
  • Pastoral Studies/Counseling, doctor's degree which graduated 1 student in 2008.

Wheaton College - Wheaton, IL

Wheaton College, 501 College Ave, Wheaton, IL 60187-5593. Wheaton College is a small college located in Wheaton, Illinois. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 2,915 students and an admission rate of 62%. Wheaton College has a master's degree and a doctor's degree program in Theology/Theological Studies.

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LOCATION INFORMATION: Elgin, Illinois

Elgin, Illinois
Elgin, Illinois photo by James Jordan

Elgin is located in Kane County, Illinois. It has a population of over 106,330, which has grown by 12.5% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Elgin, 104, is above the national average. New single-family homes in Elgin cost $156,500 on average, which is far less than the state average. In 2008, three hundred thirty-two new homes were constructed in Elgin, down from seven hundred fifty-six the previous year.

The top three industries for women in Elgin are health care, educational services, and finance and insurance. For men, it is construction, metal and metal products, and administrative and support and waste management services. The average travel time to work is about 26 minutes. More than 20.5% of Elgin residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 6.0%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Elgin is 12.4%, which is greater than Illinois's average of 10.5%.

The percentage of Elgin residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 56.0%, is more than both the national and state average. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Seventh Day Adventist Church and Saint Thomas More Roman Catholic Church are some of the churches located in Elgin. The largest religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Lutheran Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Elgin is home to the Fox Bluff Corporate Center and the Elgin Fire Station Number 2 as well as Wing Park and College Park. Shopping malls in the area include Wing Park Manor Shopping Center, Tyler Creek Plaza Shopping Center and Town and Country Plaza Shopping Center. Visitors to Elgin can choose from Elgin-Days Inn, Colonial Lodge Motel and Crowne Plaza for temporary stays in the area.