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Career and Education Opportunities for Ministers in Salem, Oregon

Ministers can find many career and educational opportunities in the Salem, Oregon area. Currently, 3,770 people work as ministers in Oregon. This is expected to grow 16% to about 4,380 people by 2016. 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 $20 per hour or $43,250 per year on average in Oregon. In the U.S. as a whole, their income is about $20 per hour or $41,730 yearly on average. Ministers earn more than people working in the category of Religious Services generally in Oregon and more than people in the Religious Services category nationally. Jobs in this field include: clergy member, evangelism pastor, and children's pastor.

The Salem area is home to seventeen schools of higher education, including four within twenty-five miles of Salem where you can get a degree as a minister. The most common level of education 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 Salem 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

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.

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LOCATION INFORMATION: Salem, Oregon

Salem, Oregon
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Salem is located in Marion County, Oregon. It has a population of over 153,435, which has grown by 12.1% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Salem, 97, is near the national average. New single-family homes in Salem are valued at $215,800 on average, which is above the state average. In 2008, two hundred sixty-nine new homes were constructed in Salem, down from five hundred forty-three the previous year.

The top three industries for women in Salem are health care, public administration, and educational services. For men, it is construction, public administration, and educational services. The average commute to work is about 22 minutes. More than 24.1% of Salem residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 8.8%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Salem is 10.2%, which is less than Oregon's average of 10.6%.

The percentage of Salem residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 37.6%, is less than the national average but more than the state average. The most prominent religious groups are the Catholic Church, the LDS (Mormon) Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Salem is home to the Oregon Women's Correctional Center and the Oregon State Penitentiary as well as Waldo Park and Olinger Pool Park. Visitors to Salem can choose from Red Lion Hotel-Salem Reservations, Shilo Inn Salem and Econo Lodge Salem for temporary stays in the area.