Pastor Employment Information
Pastor Job Overview
A pastor’s job is to lead religious services and prayers and to lead religious organizations and direct their day-to-day operations. They teach and mentor congregants and perform rituals such as marriage.
Assistant pastors help lead services, administer sacraments, recruit new members and teach.
Music pastors direct the choir, church band and soloists and possibly provide accompaniment.
Pastor jobs in churches are typically filled by the denomination, which may refer to its pastors as priests, ministers or preachers. The pastor typically selects someone to fill the music pastor job.
Pastor Job Types
Not all pastors work in churches. Some work in the community.
Chaplains give spiritual support to patients in medical facilities, servicepersons in the military and inmates in correctional facilities.
Pastoral counselors combine spiritual and psychological counseling. Many pastoral counselors are also licensed mental health professionals. Pastoral counselors work in institutions, at counseling organizations and as private practitioners.
Pastor Education and Certification
To work as a pastor for a mainline Christian church or to get a chaplain’s job, you’ll need a master of divinity degree. If you want to combine ministry with a second specialty, seek a master of arts degree from a seminary. Lay pastor work typically requires a two-year master of theological studies degree or certificate.
The master of theology program is a one-year capstone degree that prepares students for ordination or a PhD program.
Graduate-level pastor education also includes the doctor of ministry, an advanced degree for those with a BA or master’s who will work as a pastor or have a secondary specialty such as youth ministry or urban ministry. Those who want to teach or do research would opt for a PhD.
A number of denominations offer pastoral counseling certifications as do some nonsectarian organizations.
Pastor Job Market
Pastor employment will grow 18 percent between 2010 and 2020, about average for all jobs, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports.
Religious organizations fill about 12 percent of pastor jobs, but hospitals, nursing homes and home-health companies also hire clergy for pastor jobs. State and federal governments offer pastor careers as well, BLS says.
The median pastor salary was $44,140 in 2011, with the top 10 percent earning $78,420, according to the BLS.
Executive Pastor Discovery Bible Fellowship functions as a Non-Denominational church ruled by a Board of Elders. Its theology is Reformed and teaching style contemporary. Discovery has grown each of the past 10 years averaging approx. 800 on a Sunday morning. At the core of the churches values/strategy/mission is transformation through God centered applicable teaching; Community Groups; and local...
Company Confidential Marietta, OH, 45750
PASTOR Small community Christian church is seeking a pastor. If this is your calling, please submit resume to: Box L 127 K c/o The Marietta Times 700 Channel Lane Marietta, OH 45750 provided by The Marietta Times...
Pastor ASSISTANT PASTOR: F/T; Nonprofit Christian church; conduct pastoral activities; Master of Divinity or Related; Resume: Korean American Presbyterian Church at 929 S. Westlake Ave., L.A., CA 90006...
The Ebenezer Baptist Church, Anderson SC, is prayerfully accepting resumes for Licensed, Ordained and Experienced Baptist Pastor preferably with some post High School education. The position will involve availability for Sunday and Wednesday services each week, a dedication to worship with the members and a high potential for church growth. All candidates accepted for potential hire will be requir...
RELIGIONAssistant Pastor, Church (Suwanee, GA) Min. Bach./equiv. in Theology/related. Assist pastor in all activities for congregation, including sermons, prayers, & counseling. 40 hrs/wk, Wed-Sun, 8a-5p. Comp. Salary. Resume to Logos Presbyterian Church, 941 Heath Chase Dr., Suwanee, GA 30024....
FULL-TIME PASTOR wanted for small Southern Baptist Church in Central Virginia to provide spiritual, pastoral, outreach and administrative leadership. Candidate must possess a bachelor's degree with seminary training. Experience preferred. Send resume to ***** As Posted in the Lynchburg News and Advance...
This position will be responsible for being a Children's Pastor for a growing church the size of 300. You will be responsible for coordination of all children's departments including nursery through pre-teen. You will conduct a Wednesday PM and a Sunday AM Children's service. IF in the future the church has a evening service you will be responsible for this as well. You must be able to work as a "...
Central United Methodist Church 3700 Pacific Avenue Stockton, CA 95204 (209) 466-5046 Job Description: Facilities and Maintenance Worker Up to 25 hours per week $17.12 per hour Definition:A part-time member of Central’s support staff who, under the supervision of the Church Administrator and Senior Pastor, performs semi-skilled handyperson duties, general facility maintenance, and room set-up and...
PARISH BUSINESS MANAGER HOLY REDEEMER CATHOLIC CHURCH, KISSIMMEE Closing Date: Until Filled FT/PT: Full-time Minimum Salary: Commensurate with experience and education; competitive salary and benefits program. Brief Description of Job: This individual will work collaboratively with the parish pastoral and office staff and oversee all day to day operations of the Parish. Accounting responsibilities...
Duties and Responsibilities The Communications and Operations Coordinator will work closely with the pastor, the music and ministry staff members, and the volunteer leadership team of Saint Andrew UMC and is supervised by the Staff Parish Relations Committee and the pastor. The Communications and Operations Coordinator is responsible for developing and managing church internal and external communi...
+ Saint Margaret Parish 374 Stevens Street Lowell, Massachusetts01851 TITLE: Parish Facilities Manager REPORTS TO: Pastor/Administrator JOB PURPOSE: This position is responsible for overall management and maintenance of the physical plant of St. Margaret parish. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: · Assure the upkeep and maintenance of all buildings, furnishings, equipment and grounds to includ...
Presbyterian Church of Wilmington, Ohio Director of Christian Education Position Description The role of the Director of Christian Education (DCE) is to assist the Pastor and staff in overseeing the ministry of Christian Education and formation for adults, youth, and children on Sundays and during the week. The DCE will work alongside clergy and lay volunteers to carry out this mission as a member...
HELP WANTED SEXTON: Church Facilities Maintenance/Caretaker (10 hours per week) General duties include cleaning the building, maintaining equipment, and landscape/ garden maintenance. Wage $10-$13 per hour based on experience LUTHERAN CHURCH OF OUR REDEEMER (LCOR) 4641 MARCONI AVENUE SACRAMENTO, CA 95821 Responsibilities include but are not limited to: · Clean bathrooms, offices, church classroom,...
FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Saint Petersburg, 33701
Sound Tech Job Description: First United Methodist Church Position Summary: To help fulfill the vision of First United Methodist Church through Sound Ministry Reports to: Worship Director Relates closely with: Senior Pastor, Associate Pastors, First Light Director, Music Director, Youth Director Essential Job Functions: 1. Recruit, train and oversee Audio teams in preparation for multi-site minist...
P/T Praise Team Leader for contemporary Christian music morning worship. Must be spiritual, personable. Responsibilities include: Lead music during church, coordinator music rehearsals, stage, audio/video setup and coordination with pastor. Visit: www.crosswalkepc.org for church info. Worship begins 10:00 a.m. Sundays. Please send resume, statement of faith and music sample: ***** Post...
DIRECTOR OF SHARED ACCOUNTING SERVICES CHANCERY OFFICE, ORLANDO Closing Date: Until Filled FT/PT: Full-time Minimum Salary: Commensurate with experience and education; competitive salary and benefits program. Brief Description of Job: Oversees the back office accounting operations for a select group of parishes (Parish Clients) within the Diocese of Orlando. Duties and responsibilities include but...
Notice of Open Position Diocese of Palm Beach Staff Accountant Date Posted: December 2, 2013 Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities: Diocesan Payroll: Perform all functions associated with the preparation, processing and distribution of payroll for diocesan entities under the guidance and direction of the Payroll Manager Work together with the external payroll service company to provide for pro...
VOLUNTEER needed to teach Keyboard; Sunday 10 a.m. service. Call Pastor Sam 772-475-4480 Posting provided by:...
The Church of Saint Monica, Berwyn Facilities Manager Position Summary: To coordinate the use and maintain the appearance, cleanliness, functioning and security of the buildings and grounds of the entire SaintMonica campus. Primarily Reports To: Business Manager FLSA Status: Exempt Part-Time (24 hours/week) · 8 hrs per day/3 days per week plus “On-call” Duties and Responsibilities: Maintenance and...
Christian Software group in Dallas needs Sales Coordinator RightNow Ministries is conveniently located in Richardson, TX near Central Expressway (75) and George Bush Toll Road (190). We have an amazingly creative working environment that has family friendly hours. We are a young team that works hard because we are committed to our mission: We help people trade in the pursuit of the American Dream...
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$18,000.00 - $75,000.00
Typical Salary for Minister
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Education / Training
Some College Coursework Completed
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Accomplishes job purpose by performing religious duties.
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Prepares and delivers sermons and other talks.
Shares information about religious issues by writing articles, giving speeches, or teaching.