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Career and Education Opportunities for Ministers in Omaha, Nebraska

Ministers can find many career and educational opportunities in the Omaha, Nebraska area. About 430 people are currently employed as ministers in Nebraska. By 2016, this is expected to grow by 20% to 520 people employed. 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.

The income of a minister is about $19 per hour or $40,040 yearly on average in Nebraska. In the U.S. as a whole, their income is about $20 hourly or $41,730 per year on average. Earnings for ministers are the same as earnings in the general category of Religious Services in Nebraska and better than general Religious Services category earnings nationally. People working as ministers can fill a number of jobs, such as: children's pastor, pastor, and evangelist.

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

Nebraska Christian College - Papillion, NE

Nebraska Christian College, 12550 S. 114th St., Papillion, NE 68046. Nebraska Christian College is a small college located in Papillion, Nebraska. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 164 students. Nebraska Christian College has 3 areas of study related to Minister. They are:

  • Theology/Theological Studies, associate's degree and bachelor's degree.
  • Pastoral Studies/Counseling, associate's degree and bachelor's degree which graduated two and three students respectively in 2008.
  • Youth Ministry, bachelor's degree which graduated 4 students in 2008.

Creighton University - Omaha, NE

Creighton University, 2500 California Plaza, Omaha, NE 68178. Creighton University is a medium sized university located in Omaha, Nebraska. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 7,059 students and an admission rate of 79%. Creighton University has 3 areas of study related to Minister. They are:

  • Theology/Theological Studies, one to two year, associate's degree, bachelor's degree, and master's degree which graduated zero, zero, three, and three students respectively in 2008.
  • Theological and Ministerial Studies, Other Specialties, associate's degree, master's degree, and post-master's certificate which graduated zero, fifteen, and seventeen students respectively in 2008.
  • Pastoral Studies/Counseling, master's degree which graduated 1 student in 2008.

College of Saint Mary - Omaha, NE

College of Saint Mary, 7000 Mercy Rd., Omaha, NE 68106. College of Saint Mary is a small college located in Omaha, Nebraska. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 953 students and an admission rate of 45%. College of Saint Mary has a bachelor's degree program in Theology/Theological Studies which graduated two students in 2008.

Midland Lutheran College - Fremont, NE

Midland Lutheran College, 900 N. Clarkson, Fremont, NE 68025. Midland Lutheran College is a small college located in Fremont, Nebraska. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 801 students and an admission rate of 78%. Midland Lutheran College has a bachelor's degree program in Youth Ministry.

Grace University - Omaha, NE

Grace University, 1311 S 9th St, Omaha, NE 68108-3629. Grace University is a small university located in Omaha, Nebraska. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 433 students and an admission rate of 98%. Grace University has 2 areas of study related to Minister. They are:

  • Pastoral Studies/Counseling, bachelor's degree which graduated 5 students in 2008.
  • Youth Ministry, bachelor's degree which graduated 2 students in 2008.

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LOCATION INFORMATION: Omaha, Nebraska

Omaha, Nebraska
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Omaha is located in Douglas County, Nebraska. It has a population of over 438,646, which has grown by 12.5% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Omaha, 81, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Omaha are valued at $105,100 on average, which is far less than the state average. In 2008, 1,576 new homes were built in Omaha, down from 1,905 the previous year.

The three big industries for women in Omaha are health care, educational services, and finance and insurance. For men, it is construction, accommodation and food services, and professional, scientific, and technical services. The average commute to work is about 18 minutes. More than 28.7% of Omaha residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 9.0%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Omaha is 4.7%, which is greater than Nebraska's average of 4.5%.

The percentage of Omaha residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 54.5%, is more than the national average but less than the state average. Calvary Baptist Church, Calvary Chapel of Omaha and Calvary Foursquare Gospel Church are all churches located in Omaha. The most common religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Lutheran Church.

Omaha is home to the Gibson and the Cedar Hills Golf Course as well as Al Caniglia Field and Adams Park. Shopping malls in the area include Frederick Square Shopping Center, North Park Shopping Center and Oak View Mall. Visitors to Omaha can choose from Countryside Suites, Hampton Inn Omaha-Central and Townhouse Inn for temporary stays in the area.