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Career and Education Opportunities for Ministers in Portland, Oregon

Many educational and employment opportunities exist for ministers in the Portland, Oregon area. Currently, 3,770 people work as ministers in Oregon. This is expected to grow 16% to 4,380 people 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.

A person working as a minister can expect to earn about $20 hourly or $43,250 yearly on average in Oregon and about $20 hourly or $41,730 yearly on average in the U.S. as a whole. Incomes for ministers are better than in the overall category of Religious Services in Oregon, and better than the overall Religious Services category nationally. Ministers work in a variety of jobs, including: rector, reverend, and pastor.

The Portland area is home to fifty-nine schools of higher education, including nine within twenty-five miles of Portland 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 Portland 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

Western Seminary - Portland, OR

Western Seminary, 5511 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97215-3367. Western Seminary is a small school located in Portland, Oregon. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 725 students. Western Seminary has 4 areas of study related to Minister. They are:

  • Theology/Theological Studies, master's degree which graduated 15 students in 2008.
  • Divinity/Ministry, doctor's degree which graduated 14 students in 2008.
  • Pre-Theology/Pre-Ministerial Studies, postbaccalaureate certificate which graduated 15 students in 2008.
  • Theological and Ministerial Studies, Other Specialties, master's degree which graduated 25 students in 2008.

University of Portland - Portland, OR

University of Portland, 5000 N Willamette Blvd, Portland, OR 97203-5798. University of Portland is a small university located in Portland, Oregon. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 3,666 students and an admission rate of 79%. University of Portland has 3 areas of study related to Minister. They are:

  • Theology/Theological Studies, bachelor's degree which graduated 3 students in 2008.
  • Pastoral Studies/Counseling, master's degree which graduated 5 students in 2008.
  • Pastoral Counseling and Specialized Ministries, Other Specialties, master's degree.

Multnomah University - Portland, OR

Multnomah University, 8435 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR 97220. Multnomah University is a small university located in Portland, Oregon. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 845 students and an admission rate of 71%. Multnomah University has a master's degree program in Divinity/Ministry which graduated twenty-six students in 2008.

Concordia University - Portland, OR

Concordia University, 2811 NE Holman Street, Portland, OR 97211-6099. Concordia University is a small university located in Portland, Oregon. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 1,709 students and an admission rate of 65%. Concordia University has a bachelor's degree program in Theology/Theological Studies which graduated two students in 2008.

Salem Bible College - Gervais, OR

Salem Bible College, 12234 River Rd NE, Gervais, OR 97026. Salem Bible College is a small college located in Gervais, Oregon. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 42 students and an admission rate of 77%. Salem Bible College has a bachelor's degree program in Pastoral Studies/Counseling.

Marylhurst University - Marylhurst, OR

Marylhurst University, 17600 Pacific Hwy - Hwy 43, Marylhurst, OR 97036-0261. Marylhurst University is a small university located in Marylhurst, Oregon. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 1,744 students. Marylhurst University has 3 areas of study related to Minister. They are:

  • Theology/Theological Studies, one to two year and master's degree which graduated zero and nine students respectively in 2008.
  • Divinity/Ministry, master's degree which graduated 6 students in 2008.
  • Pastoral Studies/Counseling, one to two year and postbaccalaureate certificate which graduated three and four students respectively in 2008.

George Fox University - Newberg, OR

George Fox University, 414 N Meridian St, Newberg, OR 97132. George Fox University is a small university located in Newberg, Oregon. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 3,382 students and an admission rate of 83%. George Fox University has 5 areas of study related to Minister. They are:

  • Theology/Theological Studies, master's degree which graduated 9 students in 2008.
  • Divinity/Ministry, professional degree which graduated 11 students in 2008.
  • Theological and Ministerial Studies, Other Specialties, postbaccalaureate certificate and master's degree which graduated zero and six students respectively in 2008.
  • Pastoral Studies/Counseling, bachelor's degree, postbaccalaureate certificate, master's degree, and doctor's degree which graduated zero, five, five, and eighteen students respectively in 2008.
  • Theology and Religious Vocations, Other Specialties, postbaccalaureate certificate.

Mount Angel Seminary - Saint Benedict, OR

Mount Angel Seminary, 1 Abbey Dr, Saint Benedict, OR 97373-0505. Mount Angel Seminary is a small school located in Saint Benedict, Oregon. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 161 students and an admission rate of 100%. Mount Angel Seminary has 3 areas of study related to Minister. They are:

  • Theology/Theological Studies, master's degree which graduated 21 students in 2008.
  • Divinity/Ministry, professional degree which graduated 7 students in 2008.
  • Pre-Theology/Pre-Ministerial Studies, one to two year which graduated 6 students in 2008.

Cascade College - Portland, OR

Cascade College, 9101 E Burnside Street, Portland, OR 97216-1515. Cascade College is a small college located in Portland, Oregon. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 282 students. Cascade College has a bachelor's degree program in Youth Ministry which graduated two students in 2008.

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LOCATION INFORMATION: Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon
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Portland is located in Multnomah County, Oregon. It has a population of over 557,706, which has grown by 5.4% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Portland, 103, is above the national average. New single-family homes in Portland are priced at $194,700 on average, which is below the state average. In 2008, six hundred forty-eight new homes were constructed in Portland, down from 1,205 the previous year.

The three big industries for women in Portland are health care, educational services, and professional, scientific, and technical services. For men, it is professional, scientific, and technical services, construction, and accommodation and food services. The average commute to work is about 23 minutes. More than 32.6% of Portland residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 11.4%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Portland is 10.7%, which is greater than Oregon's average of 10.6%.

The percentage of Portland residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 45.7%, is less than the national average but more than the state average. The largest religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the Charismatic Churches Independent.

Portland is home to the Barnes Yard and the Haig as well as Cottonwood Bay City Park and Wallace City Park. Visitors to Portland can choose from Motel 6, Shilo Inns & Resorts and Comfort Inn Portland for temporary stays in the area.