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Career and Education Opportunities for Ministers in Columbus, Ohio

Ministers can find many career and educational opportunities in the Columbus, Ohio area. There are currently 26,860 working ministers in Ohio; this should grow 19% to 31,930 working ministers in the state 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.

The income of a minister is about $16 hourly or $35,240 per year on average in Ohio. In the U.S. as a whole, their income is about $20 per hour or $41,730 annually on average. Earnings for ministers are better than earnings in the general category of Religious Services in Ohio and better than general Religious Services category earnings nationally. Ministers work in a variety of jobs, including: clergy member, youth pastor, and catholic priest.

The Columbus area is home to sixty-three schools of higher education, including eight within twenty-five miles of Columbus where you can get a degree as a minister. Given that the most common education level for ministers is a Bachelor's degree, 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 Columbus 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

Pontifical College Josephinum - Columbus, OH

Pontifical College Josephinum, 7625 N High Street, Columbus, OH 43235-1499. Pontifical College Josephinum is a small college located in Columbus, Ohio. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 182 students and an admission rate of 92%. Pontifical College Josephinum has 2 areas of study related to Minister. They are:

  • Theology/Theological Studies, master's degree.
  • Divinity/Ministry, master's degree which graduated 9 students in 2008.

Trinity Lutheran Seminary - Columbus, OH

Trinity Lutheran Seminary, 2199 E Main St, Columbus, OH 43209-2334. Trinity Lutheran Seminary is a small school located in Columbus, Ohio. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 146 students. Trinity Lutheran Seminary has 2 areas of study related to Minister. They are:

  • Theology/Theological Studies, postbaccalaureate certificate and master's degree which graduated zero and fifteen students respectively in 2008.
  • Divinity/Ministry, professional degree which graduated 37 students in 2008.

Ohio Dominican University - Columbus, OH

Ohio Dominican University, 1216 Sunbury Road, Columbus, OH 43219. Ohio Dominican University is a small university located in Columbus, Ohio. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 3,117 students and an admission rate of 68%. Ohio Dominican University has associate's degree, bachelor's degree, and master's degree programs in Theology/Theological Studies which graduated one, two, and ten students respectively in 2008.

Ohio Christian University - Circleville, OH

Ohio Christian University, 1476 Lancaster Pike, Circleville, OH 43113. Ohio Christian University is a small university located in Circleville, Ohio. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 772 students and an admission rate of 90%. Ohio Christian University has a bachelor's degree program in Theology and Religious Vocations, Other Specialties which graduated forty-two students in 2008.

Ohio Wesleyan University - Delaware, OH

Ohio Wesleyan University, 61 S Sandusky Street, Delaware, OH 43015-2370. Ohio Wesleyan University is a small university located in Delaware, Ohio. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 1,952 students and an admission rate of 64%. Ohio Wesleyan University has a bachelor's degree program in Pre-Theology/Pre-Ministerial Studies which graduated two students in 2008.

World Harvest Bible College - Canal Winchester, OH

World Harvest Bible College, 10165 Wright Rd, Canal Winchester, OH 43110. World Harvest Bible College is a small college located in Canal Winchester, Ohio. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs. It has 291 students and an admission rate of 96%. World Harvest Bible College has 2 areas of study related to Minister. They are:

  • Theology/Theological Studies, two to four year which graduated 13 students in 2008.
  • Pastoral Studies/Counseling, two to four year which graduated 42 students in 2008.

Bexley Hall Episcopal Seminary - Columbus, OH

Bexley Hall Episcopal Seminary, 583 Sheridan Avenue, Columbus, OH 43209-2325. Bexley Hall Episcopal Seminary is a small school located in Columbus, Ohio. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 18 students. Bexley Hall Episcopal Seminary has 2 areas of study related to Minister. They are:

  • Theology/Theological Studies, master's degree which graduated 2 students in 2008.
  • Divinity/Ministry, professional degree which graduated 12 students in 2008.

Methodist Theological School in Ohio - Delaware, OH

Methodist Theological School in Ohio, 3081 Columbus Pike, Delaware, OH 43015-3211. Methodist Theological School in Ohio is a small school located in Delaware, Ohio. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 216 students. Methodist Theological School in Ohio has 4 areas of study related to Minister. They are:

  • Theology/Theological Studies, master's degree which graduated 3 students in 2008.
  • Divinity/Ministry, master's degree and doctor's degree which graduated thirty-three and two students respectively in 2008.
  • Pastoral Studies/Counseling, master's degree which graduated 13 students in 2008.
  • Pastoral Counseling and Specialized Ministries, Other Specialties, master's degree which graduated 1 student in 2008.

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LOCATION INFORMATION: Columbus, Ohio

Columbus, Ohio
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Columbus is located in Franklin County, Ohio. It has a population of over 754,885, which has grown by 6.1% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Columbus, 82, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Columbus cost $169,200 on average, which is well below the state average. In 2008, six hundred eighty-six new homes were constructed in Columbus, down from 1,008 the previous year.

The three big industries for women in Columbus are health care, educational services, and finance and insurance. For men, it is accommodation and food services, professional, scientific, and technical services, and construction. The average travel time to work is about 22 minutes. More than 29.0% of Columbus residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 9.2%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Columbus is 8.5%, which is less than Ohio's average of 10.0%.

The percentage of Columbus residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 37.6%, is less than both the national and state average. Hebrew Baptist Church, Heritage Temple Freewill Baptist Church and Higher Ground Always Abounding Assembly Church are all churches located in Columbus. The largest religious groups are the Catholic Church, the United Methodist Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Columbus is home to the Busch Corporate Center Industrial Park and the J C Penney Catalog Outlet Store as well as Nafzger Park and Lower Scioto Park. Shopping centers in the area include Indianola Shopping Center, Ohio Stater Mall Shopping Center and Shapter Shopping Center. Visitors to Columbus can choose from Drury Inn & Suites Convention Center, Best Western Clarmont Inn and Crowne Plaza Downtown for temporary stays in the area.