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Career and Education Opportunities for Ministers in Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky

Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky provides a wide variety of opportunities, both career and educational, for ministers. Currently, 5,990 people work as ministers in Kentucky. This is expected to grow by 10% to about 6,580 people by 2016. This is not quite as good as the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for ministers are expected to grow by about 12.7%. Ministers generally conduct religious worship and perform other spiritual functions associated with beliefs and practices of religious faith or denomination.

Ministers earn approximately $21 hourly or $45,020 per year on average in Kentucky. Nationally they average about $20 hourly or $41,730 per year. Incomes for ministers are better than in the overall category of Religious Services in Kentucky, and better than the overall Religious Services category nationally. People working as ministers can fill a number of jobs, such as: marriage counselor minister, chaplain, and deacon.

The Lexington-Fayette area is home to twenty-two schools of higher education, including three within twenty-five miles of Lexington-Fayette 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 Lexington-Fayette 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

Asbury College - Wilmore, KY

Asbury College, 1 Macklem Dr, Wilmore, KY 40390-1198. Asbury College is a small college located in Wilmore, Kentucky. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 1,521 students and an admission rate of 56%. Asbury College has a bachelor's degree program in Youth Ministry which graduated three students in 2008.

Asbury Theological Seminary - Wilmore, KY

Asbury Theological Seminary, 204 N Lexington Ave, Wilmore, KY 40390-1199. Asbury Theological Seminary is a small school located in Wilmore, Kentucky. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 1,595 students. Asbury Theological Seminary has 5 areas of study related to Minister. They are:

  • Theology/Theological Studies, postbaccalaureate certificate, master's degree, and doctor's degree which graduated six, eighteen, and thirty-seven students respectively in 2008.
  • Divinity/Ministry, professional degree which graduated 164 students in 2008.
  • Theological and Ministerial Studies, Other Specialties, master's degree which graduated 16 students in 2008.
  • Pastoral Studies/Counseling, master's degree which graduated 4 students in 2008.
  • Youth Ministry, master's degree which graduated 5 students in 2008.

Lexington Theological Seminary - Lexington, KY

Lexington Theological Seminary, 631 S Limestone, Lexington, KY 40508-3288. Lexington Theological Seminary is a small school located in Lexington, Kentucky. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 110 students. Lexington Theological Seminary has 3 areas of study related to Minister. They are:

  • Theology/Theological Studies, doctor's degree which graduated 2 students in 2008.
  • Divinity/Ministry, master's degree which graduated 18 students in 2008.
  • Theology and Religious Vocations, Other Specialties, master's degree which graduated 6 students in 2008.

CERTIFICATIONS

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LICENSES

Certification as a Fee-Based Pastoral Counselor

Licensing agency: Kentucky Board of Certification of Fee-Based Pastoral Counselors
Address: Kentucky Division of Occupations and Professions, P.O. Box 1360, Frankfort, KY 40602

Phone: (502) 564-3296
Website: Kentucky Board of Certification of Fee-Based Pastoral Counselors Kentucky Division of Occupations and Professions

LOCATION INFORMATION: Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky

Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky
Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky photo by Jonesey

Lexington-Fayette is located in Fayette County, Kentucky. It has a population of over 282,114, which has grown by 8.3% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Lexington-Fayette, 84, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Lexington-Fayette are valued at $167,600 on average, which is well above the state average. In 2008, seven hundred seventy-one new homes were built in Lexington-Fayette, down from 1,227 the previous year.

The three big industries for women in Lexington-Fayette are health care, educational services, and accommodation and food services. For men, it is educational services, construction, and accommodation and food services. The average travel time to work is about 19 minutes. More than 35.6% of Lexington-Fayette residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 14.5%, is higher than the state average.

The percentage of Lexington-Fayette residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 47.3%, is less than both the national and state average. Victory Baptist Church, Aldersgate Church and Trinity Hill United Methodist Church are all churches located in Lexington-Fayette. The largest religious groups are the Southern Baptist Convention, the Catholic Church and the United Methodist Church.

Lexington-Fayette is home to the Tates Creek Country Club and the Home of Henry Clay as well as Kentucky State Horse Park and Duncan Park. Shopping centers in the area include Fayette Mall, Turfland Mall and Lexington Mall.