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Career and Education Opportunities for Ministers in Baltimore, Maryland

Minister career and educational opportunities abound in Baltimore, Maryland. There are currently 320 working ministers in Maryland; this should grow 28% to 400 working ministers in the state 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.

Ministers earn approximately $22 per hour or $46,010 per year on average in Maryland. Nationally they average about $20 per hour or $41,730 annually. Incomes for ministers are better than in the overall category of Religious Services in Maryland, and better than the overall Religious Services category nationally. Jobs in this field include: catholic priest, evangelism pastor, and clergy member.

There are 102 schools of higher education in the Baltimore area, including twelve within twenty-five miles of Baltimore where you can get a degree to start your career 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 Baltimore 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

Howard University - Washington, DC

Howard University, 2400 Sixth St NW, Washington, DC 20059-0001. Howard University is a large university located in Washington, District of Columbia. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 10,696 students and an admission rate of 49%. Howard University has 3 areas of study related to Minister. They are:

  • Theology/Theological Studies, doctor's degree which graduated 4 students in 2008.
  • Divinity/Ministry, professional degree which graduated 40 students in 2008.
  • Theological and Ministerial Studies, Other Specialties, master's degree which graduated 6 students in 2008.

Columbia Union College - Takoma Park, MD

Columbia Union College, 7600 Flower Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912. Columbia Union College is a small college located in Takoma Park, Maryland. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 974 students. Columbia Union College has a bachelor's degree program in Theology/Theological Studies which graduated four students in 2008.

Wesley Theological Seminary - Washington, DC

Wesley Theological Seminary, 4500 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016-5690. Wesley Theological Seminary is a small school located in Washington, District of Columbia. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 457 students. Wesley Theological Seminary has 2 areas of study related to Minister. They are:

  • Theology/Theological Studies, master's degree which graduated 22 students in 2008.
  • Divinity/Ministry, professional degree which graduated 74 students in 2008.

Loyola College in Maryland - Baltimore, MD

Loyola College in Maryland, 4501 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21210-2699. Loyola College in Maryland is a medium sized college located in Baltimore, Maryland. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 6,080 students and an admission rate of 69%. Loyola College in Maryland has 2 areas of study related to Minister. They are:

  • Pastoral Studies/Counseling, master's degree which graduated 13 students in 2008.
  • Clinical Pastoral Counseling/Patient Counseling, master's degree, post-master's certificate, and doctor's degree which graduated forty-nine, four, and six students respectively in 2008.

St. Mary's Seminary & University - Baltimore, MD

St. Mary's Seminary & University, 5400 Roland Ave, Baltimore, MD 21210-1994. St. Mary's Seminary & University is a small university located in Baltimore, Maryland. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 239 students. St. Mary's Seminary & University has 2 areas of study related to Minister. They are:

  • Theology/Theological Studies, bachelor's degree, postbaccalaureate certificate, master's degree, post-master's certificate, and doctor's degree which graduated five, one, twenty-one, two, and two students respectively in 2008.
  • Divinity/Ministry, professional degree which graduated 6 students in 2008.

Ner Israel Rabbinical College - Baltimore, MD

Ner Israel Rabbinical College, 400 Mount Wilson Ln, Baltimore, MD 21208. Ner Israel Rabbinical College is a small college located in Baltimore, Maryland. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 607 students and an admission rate of 59%. Ner Israel Rabbinical College 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 forty-eight, twelve, and one students respectively in 2008.
  • Rabbinical Studies, professional degree which graduated 9 students in 2008.

Dominican House of Studies - Washington, DC

Dominican House of Studies, 487 Michigan Ave, NE, Washington, DC 20017-1585. Dominican House of Studies is a small school located in Washington, District of Columbia. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 77 students. Dominican House of Studies has a master's degree and a post-master's certificate program in Theology/Theological Studies which graduated six and fifteen students respectively in 2008.

Washington Bible College-Capital Bible Seminary - Lanham, MD

Washington Bible College-Capital Bible Seminary, 6511 Princess Garden Pky, Lanham, MD 20706-3599. Washington Bible College-Capital Bible Seminary is a small college located in Lanham, Maryland. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 572 students and an admission rate of 53%. Washington Bible College-Capital Bible Seminary has 4 areas of study related to Minister. They are:

  • Theology/Theological Studies, master's degree which graduated 1 student in 2008.
  • Divinity/Ministry, master's degree which graduated 9 students in 2008.
  • Theological and Ministerial Studies, Other Specialties, postbaccalaureate certificate and master's degree which graduated zero and one students respectively in 2008.
  • Pastoral Counseling and Specialized Ministries, Other Specialties, postbaccalaureate certificate and master's degree which graduated two and twenty-three students respectively in 2008.

Catholic University of America - Washington, DC

Catholic University of America, 620 Michigan Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20064. Catholic University of America is a medium sized university located in Washington, District of Columbia. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 6,705 students and an admission rate of 81%. Catholic University of America has 3 areas of study related to Minister. They are:

  • Theology/Theological Studies, master's degree and doctor's degree which graduated twelve and eight students respectively in 2008.
  • Divinity/Ministry, professional degree which graduated 5 students in 2008.
  • Theology and Religious Vocations, Other Specialties, master's degree and doctor's degree which graduated twenty-two and three students respectively in 2008.

Yeshiva College of the Nations Capital - Silver Spring, MD

Yeshiva College of the Nations Capital, 1216 Arcola Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20902. Yeshiva College of the Nations Capital is a small college located in Silver Spring, Maryland. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 44 students. Yeshiva College of the Nations Capital has a bachelor's degree program in Theology/Theological Studies which graduated three students in 2008.

Maple Springs Baptist Bible College and Seminary - Capitol Heights, MD

Maple Springs Baptist Bible College and Seminary, 4130 Belt Rd, Capitol Heights, MD 20743. Maple Springs Baptist Bible College and Seminary is a small college located in Capitol Heights, Maryland. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 185 students. Maple Springs Baptist Bible College and Seminary has 3 areas of study related to Minister. They are:

  • Theology/Theological Studies, doctor's degree.
  • Divinity/Ministry, professional degree which graduated 3 students in 2008.
  • Pastoral Studies/Counseling, bachelor's degree, master's degree, and doctor's degree which graduated zero, two, and zero students respectively in 2008.

Washington Theological Union - Washington, DC

Washington Theological Union, 6896 Laurel St NW, Washington, DC 20012. Washington Theological Union is a small school located in Washington, District of Columbia. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 205 students. Washington Theological Union has a master's degree program in Theology/Theological Studies which graduated forty students in 2008.

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LOCATION INFORMATION: Baltimore, Maryland

Baltimore, Maryland
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Baltimore is located in Baltimore City County, Maryland. It has a population of over 636,919, which has shrunk by 2.2% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Baltimore, 96, is near the national average. New single-family homes in Baltimore cost $139,700 on average, which is well below the state average. In 2008, one hundred fifty-three new homes were built in Baltimore, down from two hundred four the previous year.

The top three industries for women in Baltimore are health care, educational services, and public administration. For men, it is construction, educational services, and public administration. The average travel time to work is about 31 minutes. More than 19.1% of Baltimore residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 8.7%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Baltimore is 10.8%, which is greater than Maryland's average of 7.2%.

A W Wilson Memorial United Methodist Church, Abbott Memorial Presbyterian Church and Rogers Avenue Synagogue are all churches located in Baltimore.

Baltimore is home to the Governors Yacht Club and the Oriole Park at Camden Yards as well as Venable Park and Eutaw-Madison Apartment House Historic District. Shopping centers in the area include Alameda Shopping Center, Village Square of Cross Keys Shopping Center and Waverly Tower Shopping Center. Visitors to Baltimore can choose from Four Seasons Complete Camper Care Center, Knights Inn and Hilton & Towers for temporary stays in the area.