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Career and Education Opportunities for Ministers in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

If you want to be a minister, the Sioux Falls, South Dakota area offers many opportunities both for education and employment. Currently, 2,560 people work as ministers in South Dakota. This is expected to grow by 2% to 2,610 people by 2016. This is not quite as good as 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 $19 per hour or $40,950 yearly on average in South Dakota and about $20 hourly or $41,730 annually on average in the U.S. as a whole. Incomes for ministers are the same as in the overall category of Religious Services in South Dakota, and better than the overall Religious Services category nationally. Ministers work in a variety of jobs, including: youth pastor, evangelist, and marriage counselor minister.

There are two schools within twenty-five miles of Sioux Falls where you can study to be a minister, among ten schools of higher education total in the Sioux Falls area. 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 Sioux Falls 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

Sioux Falls Seminary - Sioux Falls, SD

Sioux Falls Seminary, 1525 S Grange Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57105-1526. Sioux Falls Seminary is a small school located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 117 students. Sioux Falls Seminary has 2 areas of study related to Minister. They are:

  • Divinity/Ministry, professional degree which graduated 22 students in 2008.
  • Theological and Ministerial Studies, Other Specialties, master's degree and doctor's degree which graduated two and three students respectively in 2008.

University of Sioux Falls - Sioux Falls, SD

University of Sioux Falls, 1101 W 22nd St, Sioux Falls, SD 57105-1699. University of Sioux Falls is a small university located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 1,564 students and an admission rate of 97%. University of Sioux Falls has 2 areas of study related to Minister. They are:

  • Pre-Theology/Pre-Ministerial Studies, bachelor's degree.
  • Youth Ministry, bachelor's degree.

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LOCATION INFORMATION: Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Sioux Falls, South Dakota photo by AlexiusHoratius

Sioux Falls is located in Minnehaha County, South Dakota. It has a population of over 154,997, which has grown by 25.0% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Sioux Falls, 81, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Sioux Falls cost $149,700 on average, which is above the state average. In 2008, five hundred eighty-six new homes were built in Sioux Falls, down from 1,000 the previous year.

The three big industries for women in Sioux Falls are health care, finance and insurance, and educational services. For men, it is construction, finance and insurance, and accommodation and food services. The average commute to work is about 16 minutes. More than 27.8% of Sioux Falls residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 7.6%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Sioux Falls is 5.1%, which is greater than South Dakota's average of 4.5%.

The percentage of Sioux Falls residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 66.8%, is more than both the national and state average. Messiah Church, Sunnycrest Church and First Convenant Church are some of the churches located in Sioux Falls. The most prominent religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the United Methodist Church.

Sioux Falls is home to the Elmwood Golf Course and the Cactus Hills Country Club as well as Pioneers of Minnehaha County Monument and Picasso Park. Visitors to Sioux Falls can choose from Kelly Inn, Fairfield Inn Sioux Falls and Albert House for temporary stays in the area.