Pastor Jobs

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.

Pastor Salaries

The median pastor salary was $44,140 in 2011, with the top 10 percent earning $78,420, according to the BLS.

37 Pastor jobs found on Monster.

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Flushing, 11354
Assistant Pastor of Biblical Counseling (Flushing, NY): Min Master's in Biblical Counseling +1 yr pastoral exp reqd. Korean language proficiency reqd. Send resume to: Full Gospel New York Church, Attn: Rev. Namsoo Kim @ 130-30 31st Ave, Flushing, NY 11354....
BUEN PASTOR Ministries Inc. (Migrant Head Start & Day Care) is seeking, Teachers AA/BA in early childhood development, Family Service Specialist and Advocate, Health Specialist, and Bus Drivers. Bilingual preferred. June - September. If interested, apply in person at: Buen Pastor c/o Third Reformed Church 111 W. 13th St. Holland, MI 49423 E.O.E....
Crossroads Community Church is a thriving church of over 1700 located in Mansfield, Ohio. Crossroads was founded in 1996 and has enjoyed continued growth and outreach throughout the years. As founding pastor Tim Armstrong prepares to transition to a new role in eastern Ohio, the Board of Elders and senior staff are excited to see who God will bring to lead Crossroads in this next season of ministr...
Assistant Pastor (Indian Creek, IL) to preach & provide spiritual guidance. Master of Divinity reqd. Mail resumes to Grace and Truth Presbyterian Church 230 US Highway 45 Indian Creek, IL 60061....
Pastor ASSISTANT PASTOR: Fax Resume: The River of Living Water Church 213-380-4311 Los Angeles, CA 90005...
ASSOCIATE PASTOR The Worship Place, an Interdenominational Church, in beautiful Sun City Texas is seeking an Associate Pastor. This full time position reports to the Senior Pastor and will assist the Pastor in Sunday worship services and meeting the needs of the congregation. An applicant needs to have a Master's Degree and be a graduate of a Christian Seminary with a minimum of five (5) years as...
Pastor ASSISTANT PASTOR: F/T; Nonprofit Christian church; conduct pastoral activities; 2 Job Openings; Master of Divinity or Related; Resume: The Oriental Mission Church @ 424 N. Western Ave., L.A., CA 90004...
Company Confidential FULLERTON, CA, 92833
Pastor - MA Req'd. multiple openings. Conduct worship service. Grace Korean Church at Norwalk. Resume to:1645 W. Valencia Dr, Fullerton, CA 92833
Accountant/Control Specialist Colonial Baptist Church I.MAIN PURPOSE OF THE POSITION:To record, process, and maintain all of the financial accounting transactions of the church this will include processing of all church cash receipts, and disbursements. Maintaining an automated financial accounting system that requires data entry, and financial report generation.Development of accounting workflow...
First Presbyterian Church of Perrysburg is seeking a Youth Director. Part-time, year-round, salary variable w/education and experience. Please send inquires and resumes w/references to *****. First Presbyterian Church of Perrysburg JOB DESCRIPTION Mission Statement Inspire spiritual and personal growth of the family of God by studying and practicing Biblical teachings enlighte...
Mt. Pleasant United MethodistChurch Church Secretary/Administrative Assistant JOB DESCRIPTION Objectives: The Church Secretary/Administrative Assistant performs secretarial and administrative tasks, under the general day-to-day supervision of the Pastor. This position directs the physical operations of the church office and plays an important role in communication and coordination of church activi...
Central Kitsap Presbyterian Church (CKPC) DIRECTOR OF CHORAL MUSIC Expectations Lead the Chancel Choir in an anthem / offertory and choral responses as needed per week. This is typically accomplished with one evening rehearsal per week. Produce special music events at Christmas time and during Holy Week, e.g. Tenebrae Service, Cantatas, etc. Communicate with choir members, media specialist, other...
Company Confidential Houston, TX, 77084
Support the Sr. Pastor in all duties of the church Executive Assistant to the Senior Pastor Job Summary The Executive Assistant to the Senior Pastor is responsible for supporting the Senior Pastor in the performance of all duties including ministry staff leadership, church operations, facilities management, management system administration, information technology, strategic planning, human resourc...
VISUAL DESIGNER & WEB MANAGER JOB DESCRIPTION: The Visual Designer and Web Manager is responsible for creating, developing and disseminating the look of LifeAustin through the Creative Media. By utilizing his/her artistic and technical gifts and talents, the Visual Designer and Web Manager supports the church’s mission of reaching unchurched people and helping them become fully devoted followers o...
First Baptist Church of Glendale is seeking a positive self-motivator to assist in the administrative duties of the church. This person must embody a strong work ethic as well as interpersonal communicative skills. It is preferred that the candidate have previous experience in office management and event planning, ideally in a church setting. Duties include but are not limited to: Accounts Receiva...
Director of Parish Financial Services The Administration & Finance Office of the Archdiocese of Seattle has an opening for a full-time Director of Parish Financial Services. This opening is to fill a vacant position. GENERAL INTRODUCTION: The Archbishop is the visible principle and foundation of unity in the particular Church entrusted to him. In a unique and visible way, he makes Christ’s mission...
Chaplain - Hospice Spiritual Leader, Pastor, Minister, Priest PRN Grand Court Kansas City - 501 West 107th Street Kansas City, MO 64114 A career with Brookdale has never been more rewarding. As a senior living solutions company, Brookdale is committed to providing the best options for the residents that we serve, for all of the places lif...
Lynn Haven, 32444
newtoday.jpg Other Keyboard Player for church. PT. Salary is neg. Contact Pastor Dan at 850-265-2051 Web Id 34287436...
Peace Lutheran Church Secretarial Position Peace Lutheran Church of Tomah has an opening for a Secretary. This is a part-time 12 - 14 hours per week, temporary position. We are looking for someone who is skilled with office based computer programs. Once our new Pastor is hired this position could become a regular part-time position. If you are interested please submit a letter of interest and rele...
Custodial Services position available at Cross Lutheran Church and School in Pigeon, MI. This is a salaried position with pay commensurate based on experience. Background check will be performed. Must be dependable, have reliable transportation and the ability to work flexible hours. Please send resume with three references to: Cross Lutheran Church, Attn.: Pastor Tim, PO Box 50, Pigeon, MI 48755...
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