Becoming a Minister via Online Education?

At the very least, online education can help you lay a foundation and/or open up alternate career paths. Ohio Christian University, one of the highest ranking online schools, is a US school (accredited) offering pastoral counseling courses to train individuals to become top-notch pastoral counselors, pastors, counselors, christian counselors, youth pastors, etc. Currently, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics there are 42,670 people employed as clergy alone in America, and their average annual salary is $46,960. Colleges and universities like Ohio Christian University that provide online education are successfully launching workers into this field.

Typical Work Locations for a Minister
  • parliament
  • sports department
  • government agency
  • prison
  • ministers office
  • board meeting
  • public ground
  • defense office
  • cabinet
  • aircraft
Potential Advantages and Benefits of Working as a Minister
  • working with other ministers
  • fund raising
  • team building
  • paid by generous giving
  • praying
  • understanding mission and methods
  • evangelism
  • discipleship
  • accountability throughout
  • discerning god's will
Potential Drawbacks
  • dealing with issues of a congregation
  • dealing with issues of individuals and families
  • no income with a level one job
  • entry level jobs are usually located in isolated rural areas
  • fewer job opportunities in the upper echelons
  • less opportunity to relocate
  • more competition at higher levels leading to depression
  • many are forced to work part time outside the church for income
  • surplus of clergy resulting in ministers looking for new careers
  • scrutinize lifestyle
Related Professions to Consider
  • Christian Education Minister
  • Divinity/Ministry
  • Children's Minister
  • Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry
  • Youth Minister
  • Campus Ministry
  • Ordained Minister
  • Assistant Minister
  • Marriage Counselor Minister
  • Adult Ministries Director
Possible Interview Questions When Applying to be a Minister
  • Why do you want to be a minister?
  • What is your religion?
  • Do you see yourself more as a leader or a counselor?
  • Are you willing to be available for people 24/7?
  • Are you willing to do weddings and funerals?
  • How do you deal with conflict within a congragation?
  • What are your ideas on how a church should grow?
  • How would you keep a church that is big in numbers small for it's members?
  • What are your weaknesses?
  • What are your strengths?
Common Collaborating Professions
  • finance minister
  • prime minister
  • health minister
  • research minister
  • occupational minister
  • education minister
  • defense minister
  • childrens' minister
  • Chapel Minister
  • Youth Minister
Minister Training books Minister (More) Popular books Potential Companies to Work For Common College Majors
  • Theology
  • Ministry
  • Church Organization and Management
  • Youth Ministry
  • Bible
  • Church History
  • Christian Ethics
  • Philosophy
  • World Religions
  • Homiletics

Minister Salary Information

Category: Clergy

Total # Employed in the US 42,670
Average Hourly Wage: $22.58/hr
Hourly Wage Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$11.03 $14.89 $20.65 $27.4 $36.21
Average Yearly Salary $46,960
Yearly Salary Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$22,940 $30,970 $42,950 $56,990 $75,320
Employment Demographics
% OF WORKERS WITH
< High School Diploma High School Diploma Some College Associate Degree Bachelor Degree Master Degree Doctoral Degree
2.8% 7.2% 11.7% 4.1% 24.3% 34.3% 15.7%
Clergy — WAGES BY STATE, SORTED BY SALARY
STATEAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
New York $29.39/hr $61,130
Colorado $29.05/hr $60,430
Delaware $26.83/hr $55,800
Florida $26.2/hr $54,490
Missouri $25.83/hr $53,730
North Dakota $24.96/hr $51,930
Oklahoma $24.52/hr $51,000
North Carolina $23.35/hr $48,560
Mississippi $23.2/hr $48,260
District of Columbia $23.11/hr $48,060
Connecticut $22.89/hr $47,620
Tennessee $22.79/hr $47,410
Maryland $22.76/hr $47,350
Puerto Rico $22.54/hr $46,870
Oregon $22.48/hr $46,750
Wisconsin $22.2/hr $46,180
Idaho $22.14/hr $46,050
Iowa $21.65/hr $45,040
Nebraska $21.57/hr $44,870
New Hampshire $21.42/hr $44,560
West Virginia $21.14/hr $43,960
Hawaii $21.1/hr $43,890
Maine $20.67/hr $42,990
Indiana $20.52/hr $42,670
Kansas $20.37/hr $42,360
Washington $20.19/hr $41,990
California $20.05/hr $41,700
Wyoming $20.03/hr $41,660
Virginia $20.03/hr $41,670
Massachusetts $20.01/hr $41,620
Alabama $19.75/hr $41,090
New Mexico $19.61/hr $40,800
Montana $19.54/hr $40,640
South Carolina $19.46/hr $40,490
Alaska $19.44/hr $40,440
South Dakota $19.27/hr $40,080
Utah $19.21/hr $39,960
New Jersey $19.14/hr $39,800
Louisiana $19.04/hr $39,610
Guam $18.31/hr $38,090
Kentucky $18.24/hr $37,940
Arkansas $18.23/hr $37,920
Pennsylvania $18.07/hr $37,590
Michigan $17.07/hr $35,490
Ohio $16.84/hr $35,020
Nevada $16.82/hr $34,990


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