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Career and Education Opportunities for Ministers in Jackson, Mississippi

If you want to be a minister, the Jackson, Mississippi area offers many opportunities both for education and employment. The national trend for ministers 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 approximately $15 per hour or $33,120 per year on average in Mississippi. Nationally they average about $20 per hour or $41,730 per year. Compared with people working in the overall category of Religious Services, people working as ministers in Mississippi earn the same. They earn more than people working in the overall category of Religious Services nationally. Ministers work in a variety of jobs, including: marriage performer, chaplain, and rector.

The Jackson area is home to seventeen schools of higher education, including two within twenty-five miles of Jackson where you can get a degree as a minister. The most common level of education 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 Jackson 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

Wesley Biblical Seminary - Jackson, MS

Wesley Biblical Seminary, 787 E. Northside Drive, Jackson, MS 39286. Wesley Biblical Seminary is a small school located in Jackson, Mississippi. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 130 students. Wesley Biblical Seminary has 2 areas of study related to Minister. They are:

  • Theology/Theological Studies, master's degree which graduated 8 students in 2008.
  • Divinity/Ministry, professional degree which graduated 10 students in 2008.

Wesley College - Florence, MS

Wesley College, 111 Wesley Cir, Florence, MS 39073-1070. Wesley College is a small college located in Florence, Mississippi. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 140 students. Wesley College has 3 areas of study related to Minister. They are:

  • Pastoral Studies/Counseling, bachelor's degree which graduated 6 students in 2008.
  • Youth Ministry, bachelor's degree.
  • Clinical Pastoral Counseling/Patient Counseling, bachelor's degree which graduated 1 student in 2008.

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LOCATION INFORMATION: Jackson, Mississippi

Jackson, Mississippi
Jackson, Mississippi photo by Yassie

Jackson is situated in Hinds County, Mississippi. It has a population of over 173,861, which has shrunk by 5.6% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Jackson, 83, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Jackson cost $101,700 on average, which is well below the state average. In 2008, four hundred fifty-six new homes were built in Jackson, up from two hundred twenty-three the previous year.

The three big industries for women in Jackson are health care, educational services, and accommodation and food services. For men, it is construction, accommodation and food services, and educational services. The average travel time to work is about 20 minutes. More than 27.1% of Jackson residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 10.2%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Jackson is 9.2%, which is less than Mississippi's average of 9.5%.

The percentage of Jackson residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 55.4%, is more than both the national and state average. Bibleway Baptist Church, Saint Johns Missionary Baptist Church and Saint John Deliverance Temple Number 2 are some of the churches located in Jackson. The most common religious groups are the Southern Baptist Convention, the United Methodist Church and the Catholic Church.

Jackson is home to the Riverhills Country Club and the Colonial Country Club as well as Smith-Wills Stadium and Lefleurs Bluff State Park. Shopping malls in the area include North Terry Road Shopping Center, Northside Shopping Center and Northtown Village Shopping Center. Visitors to Jackson can choose from Days Inn-Coliseum, Econo Lodge and Regal Sales Office for temporary stays in the area.