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Career and Education Opportunities for Ministers in St. Louis, Missouri

If you want to be a minister, the St. Louis, Missouri area offers many opportunities both for education and employment. There are currently 12,090 jobs for ministers in Missouri and this is projected to grow by 14% to 13,730 jobs by 2016. This is better than 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 about $20 per hour or $41,950 annually on average in Missouri and about $20 per hour or $41,730 per year on average nationally. Incomes for ministers are better than in the overall category of Religious Services in Missouri, and better than the overall Religious Services category nationally. People working as ministers can fill a number of jobs, such as: deacon, catechist, and rector.

The St. Louis area is home to seventy-one schools of higher education, including eight within twenty-five miles of St. Louis where you can get a degree as a minister. Ministers usually hold a Bachelor's degree, so you can expect to spend about four years training to become 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 St. Louis 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

Concordia Seminary - Saint Louis, MO

Concordia Seminary, 801 Seminary Place, Saint Louis, MO 63105-3196. Concordia Seminary is a small school located in Saint Louis, Missouri. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 538 students. Concordia Seminary has 2 areas of study related to Minister. They are:

  • Theology/Theological Studies, postbaccalaureate certificate, master's degree, and doctor's degree which graduated twelve, twenty-six, and twelve students respectively in 2008.
  • Divinity/Ministry, master's degree which graduated 140 students in 2008.

Covenant Theological Seminary - Saint Louis, MO

Covenant Theological Seminary, 12330 Conway Road, Saint Louis, MO 63141-8697. Covenant Theological Seminary is a small school located in Saint Louis, Missouri. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 814 students. Covenant Theological Seminary has 2 areas of study related to Minister. They are:

  • Theology/Theological Studies, postbaccalaureate certificate, master's degree, and doctor's degree which graduated nine, ninety-nine, and four students respectively in 2008.
  • Pastoral Studies/Counseling, master's degree which graduated 28 students in 2008.

Kenrick Glennon Seminary - Saint Louis, MO

Kenrick Glennon Seminary, 5200 Glennon Dr, Saint Louis, MO 63119-4399. Kenrick Glennon Seminary is a small school located in Saint Louis, Missouri. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 134 students and an admission rate of 33%. Kenrick Glennon Seminary has 2 areas of study related to Minister. They are:

  • Theology/Theological Studies, master's degree which graduated 14 students in 2008.
  • Divinity/Ministry, professional degree which graduated 14 students in 2008.

Saint Louis Christian College - Florissant, MO

Saint Louis Christian College, 1360 Grandview Dr, Florissant, MO 63033. Saint Louis Christian College is a small college located in Florissant, Missouri. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 318 students and an admission rate of 54%. Saint Louis Christian College has an associate's degree program in Theology and Religious Vocations, Other Specialties.

Saint Louis University-Main Campus - Saint Louis, MO

Saint Louis University-Main Campus, 221 N Grand Blvd, Saint Louis, MO 63103-2097. Saint Louis University-Main Campus is a large university located in Saint Louis, Missouri. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 15,975 students and an admission rate of 72%. Saint Louis University-Main Campus has a bachelor's degree and a master's degree program in Theology/Theological Studies which graduated two and eleven students respectively in 2008.

Aquinas Institute of Theology - Saint Louis, MO

Aquinas Institute of Theology, 23 S. Spring Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63108. Aquinas Institute of Theology is a small school located in Saint Louis, Missouri. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 270 students. Aquinas Institute of Theology has 3 areas of study related to Minister. They are:

  • Theology/Theological Studies, master's degree which graduated 6 students in 2008.
  • Divinity/Ministry, master's degree which graduated 6 students in 2008.
  • Theological and Ministerial Studies, Other Specialties, postbaccalaureate certificate, master's degree, and doctor's degree which graduated seven, thirty, and eight students respectively in 2008.

Missouri Baptist University - Saint Louis, MO

Missouri Baptist University, One College Park Dr, Saint Louis, MO 63141-8698. Missouri Baptist University is a small university located in Saint Louis, Missouri. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 4,764 students and an admission rate of 67%. Missouri Baptist University has 2 areas of study related to Minister. They are:

  • Theology/Theological Studies, associate's degree and bachelor's degree which graduated zero and fourteen students respectively in 2008.
  • Theology and Religious Vocations, Other Specialties, master's degree which graduated 8 students in 2008.

Eden Theological Seminary - Webster Grove, MO

Eden Theological Seminary, 475 E Lockwood Ave, Webster Grove, MO 63119-3192. Eden Theological Seminary is a small school located in Webster Grove, Missouri. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 212 students. Eden Theological Seminary has 3 areas of study related to Minister. They are:

  • Theology/Theological Studies, master's degree and doctor's degree which graduated four and two students respectively in 2008.
  • Divinity/Ministry, professional degree which graduated 27 students in 2008.
  • Pastoral Studies/Counseling, master's degree which graduated 3 students in 2008.

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LOCATION INFORMATION: St. Louis, Missouri

St. Louis, Missouri
St. Louis, Missouri photo by Dschwen

St. Louis is located in St. Louis City County, Missouri. It has a population of over 354,361, which has grown by 1.8% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in St. Louis, 83, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in St. Louis are priced at $111,600 on average, which is far less than the state average. In 2008, one hundred fifty-seven new homes were built in St. Louis, down from two hundred sixty-one the previous year.

The top three industries for women in St. Louis are health care, educational services, and accommodation and food services. For men, it is accommodation and food services, construction, and educational services. The average travel time to work is about 25 minutes. More than 19.1% of St. Louis residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 7.6%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in St. Louis is 10.9%, which is greater than Missouri's average of 8.9%.

Nativity of Our Lord Church, Church of the Good Shepard and Church of the Holy Communion are among the churches located in St. Louis.

St. Louis is home to the Terminal Railroad Association Building and the Memorial Home as well as Washington Park and Willmore Park. Shopping malls in the area include Hampton Village Shopping Center and Loughborough Shopping Center.