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Career and Education Opportunities for Ministers in Vancouver, Washington

There are many career and education opportunities for ministers in the Vancouver, Washington area. There are currently 1,800 jobs for ministers in Washington and this is projected to grow by 11% to 2,000 jobs by 2016. This is not quite as good as 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.

Ministers earn about $24 per hour or $50,980 per year on average in Washington and about $20 hourly or $41,730 yearly on average nationally. Compared with people working in the overall category of Religious Services, people working as ministers in Washington earn more. They earn more than people working in the overall category of Religious Services nationally. Jobs in this field include: minister assistant, visitation minister, and youth pastor.

There are forty-eight schools of higher education in the Vancouver area, including six within twenty-five miles of Vancouver where you can get a degree to start your career 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 Vancouver 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.

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.

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: Vancouver, Washington

Vancouver, Washington
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Vancouver is located in Clark County, Washington. It has a population of over 163,186, which has grown by 13.7% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Vancouver, 98, is near the national average. New single-family homes in Vancouver are priced at $95,700 on average, which is far less than the state average. In 2008, two hundred eighty new homes were built in Vancouver, down from four hundred twenty the previous year.

The three most popular industries for women in Vancouver are health care, educational services, and accommodation and food services. For men, it is construction, computer and electronic products, and accommodation and food services. The average travel time to work is about 23 minutes. More than 21.7% of Vancouver residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 7.4%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Vancouver is 7.8%, which is less than Washington's average of 8.7%.

The percentage of Vancouver residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 27.9%, is less than both the national and state average. The most prominent religious groups are the Catholic Church, the LDS (Mormon) Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Vancouver is home to the Vancouver Square and the Vancouver Plaza as well as Leverich Park and Wintler Park. Shopping malls in the area include Arbours Shopping Center, Millport Shopping Center and Vancouver Village Shopping Center. Visitors to Vancouver can choose from Comfort Suites Vancouver, Homewood Suites Portland-Vancouver and Best Western Hotel and Suites Vacouver Mall Dr for temporary stays in the area.