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Career and Education Opportunities for Ministers in Charlotte, North Carolina

There is a wide variety of career and education opportunities for ministers in the Charlotte, North Carolina area. There are currently 19,290 jobs for ministers in North Carolina and this is projected to grow by 27% to about 24,460 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%. In general, ministers conduct religious worship and perform other spiritual functions associated with beliefs and practices of religious faith or denomination.

Ministers earn about $22 hourly or $46,170 per year on average in North Carolina and about $20 hourly or $41,730 yearly on average nationally. Earnings for ministers are better than earnings in the general category of Religious Services in North Carolina and better than general Religious Services category earnings nationally. Jobs in this field include: youth minister, vicar, and christian counselor.

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

Belmont Abbey College - Belmont, NC

Belmont Abbey College, 100 Belmont-Mt Holly Road, Belmont, NC 28012-1802. Belmont Abbey College is a small college located in Belmont, North Carolina. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 1,496 students and an admission rate of 63%. Belmont Abbey College has a bachelor's degree program in Theology/Theological Studies which graduated three students in 2008.

New Life Theological Seminary - Charlotte, NC

New Life Theological Seminary, 3117 Whiting Ave, Charlotte, NC 28205-1648. New Life Theological Seminary is a small school located in Charlotte, North Carolina. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 81 students. New Life Theological Seminary has 2 areas of study related to Minister. They are:

  • Pre-Theology/Pre-Ministerial Studies, one to two year.
  • Theology and Religious Vocations, Other Specialties, master's degree which graduated 1 student in 2008.

Hood Theological Seminary - Salisbury, NC

Hood Theological Seminary, 1810 Lutheran Synod Drive, Salisbury, NC 28144. Hood Theological Seminary is a small school located in Salisbury, North Carolina. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 247 students. Hood Theological Seminary has 2 areas of study related to Minister. They are:

  • Theology/Theological Studies, master's degree and doctor's degree which graduated forty-five and fifteen students respectively in 2008.
  • Theology and Religious Vocations, Other Specialties, one to two year which graduated 5 students in 2008.

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LOCATION INFORMATION: Charlotte, North Carolina

Charlotte, North Carolina
Charlotte, North Carolina photo by Alaskan Assassin

Charlotte is located in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. It has a population of over 687,456, which has grown by 27.1% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Charlotte, 86, is well below the national average.

The three big industries for women in Charlotte are health care, finance and insurance, and educational services. For men, it is construction, finance and insurance, and professional, scientific, and technical services. The average commute to work is about 25 minutes. More than 36.4% of Charlotte residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 10.5%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Charlotte is 9.7%, which is less than North Carolina's average of 10.6%.

The percentage of Charlotte residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 48.0%, is less than the national average but more than the state average. New Hampton Church, New Emmanuel Church and New East Stonewall Church are all churches located in Charlotte. The largest religious groups are the Southern Baptist Convention, the Catholic Church and the United Methodist Church.

Charlotte is home to the Crown Point Plaza and the Providence Square as well as Kilborne District Park and Little Rock Road District Park. Shopping malls in the area include Heckinger Shopping Center, Hampshire Hills Shopping Center and Providence Village Shopping Center. Visitors to Charlotte can choose from American Motel, Extended Stay America - Charlotte/Tyvola and Drury Inn and Suites Charlotte for temporary stays in the area.