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Career and Education Opportunities for Ministers in Grand Rapids, Michigan

There is a wide variety of career and education opportunities for ministers in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area. There are currently 4,930 jobs for ministers in Michigan and this is projected to grow 14% to about 5,630 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. In general, ministers conduct religious worship and perform other spiritual functions associated with beliefs and practices of religious faith or denomination.

Ministers earn about $17 per hour or $37,090 annually on average in Michigan and about $20 per hour or $41,730 yearly on average nationally. Incomes for ministers are better than in the overall category of Religious Services in Michigan, and better than the overall Religious Services category nationally. Ministers work in a variety of jobs, including: minister assistant, pastoral counselor, and rabbi.

There are five schools within twenty-five miles of Grand Rapids where you can study to be a minister, among nineteen schools of higher education total in the Grand Rapids area. Ministers usually hold a Bachelor's degree, so 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 Grand Rapids 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

Grace Bible College - Wyoming, MI

Grace Bible College, 1011 Aldon SW, Wyoming, MI 49509. Grace Bible College is a small college located in Wyoming, Michigan. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 177 students and an admission rate of 65%. Grace Bible College has 2 areas of study related to Minister. They are:

  • Theological and Ministerial Studies, Other Specialties, bachelor's degree which graduated 1 student in 2008.
  • Youth Ministry, bachelor's degree.

Kuyper College - Grand Rapids, MI

Kuyper College, 3333 East Beltline N.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49525-9781. Kuyper College is a small college located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 322 students and an admission rate of 86%. Kuyper College has 3 areas of study related to Minister. They are:

  • Pre-Theology/Pre-Ministerial Studies, bachelor's degree which graduated 4 students in 2008.
  • Youth Ministry, bachelor's degree which graduated 12 students in 2008.
  • Theology and Religious Vocations, Other Specialties, bachelor's degree.

Calvin Theological Seminary - Grand Rapids, MI

Calvin Theological Seminary, 3233 Burton St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546-4387. Calvin Theological Seminary is a small school located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 280 students. Calvin Theological Seminary has 3 areas of study related to Minister. They are:

  • Theology/Theological Studies, master's degree which graduated 44 students in 2008.
  • Divinity/Ministry, master's degree which graduated 42 students in 2008.
  • Theology and Religious Vocations, Other Specialties, master's degree which graduated 1 student in 2008.

Cornerstone University - Grand Rapids, MI

Cornerstone University, 1001 E Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525-5897. Cornerstone University is a small university located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 1,759 students and an admission rate of 75%. Cornerstone University has 6 areas of study related to Minister. They are:

  • Theology/Theological Studies, one to two year and master's degree which graduated one and three students respectively in 2008.
  • Divinity/Ministry, professional degree which graduated 9 students in 2008.
  • Pre-Theology/Pre-Ministerial Studies, bachelor's degree which graduated 5 students in 2008.
  • Theological and Ministerial Studies, Other Specialties, bachelor's degree and master's degree which graduated twelve and eight students respectively in 2008.
  • Pastoral Studies/Counseling, master's degree and doctor's degree which graduated eight and one students respectively in 2008.
  • Youth Ministry, bachelor's degree and master's degree which graduated seventeen and two students respectively in 2008.

Western Theological Seminary - Holland, MI

Western Theological Seminary, 101 E 13th St, Holland, MI 49423-3622. Western Theological Seminary is a small school located in Holland, Michigan. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 230 students. Western Theological Seminary has 2 areas of study related to Minister. They are:

  • Divinity/Ministry, post-master's certificate which graduated 44 students in 2008.
  • Theology and Religious Vocations, Other Specialties, master's degree which graduated 9 students in 2008.

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LOCATION INFORMATION: Grand Rapids, Michigan

Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Grand Rapids is located in Kent County, Michigan. It has a population of over 193,396, which has shrunk by 2.2% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Grand Rapids, 81, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Grand Rapids cost $98,700 on average, which is far less than the state average. In 2008, forty-three new homes were built in Grand Rapids, down from ninety-two the previous year.

The three most popular industries for women in Grand Rapids are health care, educational services, and accommodation and food services. For men, it is construction, transportation equipment, and educational services. The average travel time to work is about 19 minutes. More than 23.8% of Grand Rapids residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 8.0%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Grand Rapids is 15.4%, which is greater than Michigan's average of 14.3%.

The percentage of Grand Rapids residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 52.9%, is more than both the national and state average. Church of Jesus Christ, Immanuel Church and Trinity Church are among the churches located in Grand Rapids. The most prominent religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Christian Reformed Church in North America and the Reformed Church in America.

Grand Rapids is home to the Kent Country Club and the Walker Juvenile Court as well as Comstock Riverside Park and Richmond Park. Visitors to Grand Rapids can choose from Hampton Inn Grand Rapids, Hampton Inn Grand Rapids/North- Mi and Hampton Inn Fax for temporary stays in the area.