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.
Pastor ASSISTANT PASTOR: F/T; Nonprofit Christian church; conduct pastoral activities; Master of Divinity or Related; Resume: Living Water Mission Church @ 19200 Pioneer Blvd., Cerritos, CA 90703...
Pastor, Bethel Presbyterian Church of So. California, M.A. req'd. Send resume to 7037 Orangethorpe Ave. Buena Park, CA 90621. www.ocjobfinder.com/monster...
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PASTOR Light of Grace Korean Presbyterian Church. MS in Divinity or Theology, Cert of Ordination Req: 50 Woodsworth Lane, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523...
PART-TIME PASTOR Wanted for the First Congregational Church of Grand Junction MI, please submit resumes to *****...
Senior Pastor Senior Pastor for NE Ohio Church For further info: PVchurch.net/employment This listing brought to you by The Columbus Dispatch and www.columbusjobs.com/monster....
Pastor - Southern Baptist Church receiving resumes for pastor position. Send resume to Second Baptist Church, 900 S. 11th Street, Herrin, IL 62948 Posting provided by:...
SENIOR PASTOR for N.E. Ohio Church For further info: PVchurch.net/employment...
ASST. PASTOR – NY, NY – HELP SR. PASTOR IN FULFILLING HIS ROLE AS SPIRITUAL LEADER, PASTOR & TEACHER; LEAD SERVICES; HELP W/ PROJECTS; MONITOR CHURCH MINISTRIES & ALERT SR. PASTOR TO AREAS OF CONCERN; HELP DEVELOP, ORGANIZE & GIVE LEADERSHIP TO MINISTRIES; DEVELOP EDUCATIONAL & TRAINING MATERIALS; VISIT MEMBERS, HOSPITALS & SHUT-INS; HELP SR. PASTOR W/ WORSHIP & PASTORAL CARE CONCERNS; HELP AT FUN...
Church Staffing Henderson, NV
Job Description: Central Christian Church Womenâ??s Groups Pastor Weâ??re looking for a Small Groups Pastor who is passionate and gifted to oversee a multi-faceted ministry for adult women. YOUR SKILLS - Experience in and a passion for Small Group Ministry - Spiritual Gifts of Leadership & Shepherding - Proven communication skills - Solid level of Biblical training/competency YOUR PERSONA...
Worship Leader/choir director. Sunday mornings and choir rehearsal 1 evening a week. send resume to As published in the St. Joseph News-Press. Apply at : http://jobs.thejobnetwork.com/Job/11624411/1234/1427...
The spiritual care coordinator is responsible for the provision of spiritual care services to patients/families/caregivers Hospice directly and through coordination of care with other spiritual counselors. Performs other related duties as assigned. Position purpose statements are intended to describe the general nature of work to be performed and are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive ...
Crosspoint Community Church Oconomowoc, WI
Crosspoint Community Church (C3) is a vibrant and fast-growing church located about halfway between Milwaukee and Madison. Driven by a passion for outreach, we strive to restore, develop, and release people to collectively participate in God’s mission. Our community averages around 1500-1750 people each weekend and is continually growing and welcoming new people. For more information about us, ple...
The Chaplain/Spiritual Care Coordinator is responsible for the provision of spiritual care services to patients/families/caregivers Hospice directly and through coordination of care with other spiritual counselors. · Performs other related duties as assigned. Position purpose statements are intended to describe the general nature of work to be performed and are not intended to be construed as an ...
Vista Health Scranton, PA
Description The Chaplain/Spiritual Care Coordinator is responsible for the provision of spiritual care services to patients/families/caregivers Hospice directly and through coordination of care with other spiritual counselors. · Performs other related duties as assigned. Position purpose statements are intended to describe the general nature of work to be performed and are not intended to be con...
Vista Health Wasilla, AK
Description May perform duties of chaplain, which includes counseling and visiting. Develops and provides services designed to meet the religious and/or spiritual needs of patients and their families and hospital employees. Relies on extensive experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals. Performs a variety of tasks. Leads and directs the work of others. A wide degree of creativity and la...
Southeast Christian Church Louisville, KY, 40202
Our soon to open Southwest Campus has an immediate opening for a Campus Support Pastor. We are looking for someone who is extremely gifted administratively and yet has the heart of a Pastor. This person will lead and coordinate day-to-day operations at the campus as well as making hospital calls and other pastoral duties. Job responsibilities include: Oversee campus details, projects, events, al...
Whitworth University Spokane, WA
Since 1890, Whitworth has held fast to its founding mission of providing an education of mind and heart through rigorous intellectual inquiry guided by dedicated Christian scholars. Recognized and ranked as one of the top regional colleges and universities in the West, Whitworth University has an enrollment of 2,900 students and offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Located on a .....
Light Of Grace Korean Presbyterian Church Pleasant Hill, CA
PASTOR Light of Grace Korean Presbyterian Church. MS in Divinity or Theology, Cert of Ordination Req: 50 Woodsworth Lane, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523 acdc:9_0005295701-01...
Catcha Mesa, AZ
Company Branch Mesa AZ US Position: Worship Pastor in Mesa, Arizona Location: Mesa, AZ develop a culture of worship in our church. We currently have a core team of musicians and vocalists to build around w/ 3 rhythm guitarists, 2 lead guitarists… State: Arizona – City: Mesa – Denomination: Assembly of God – Description: Our growing church is seeking a new worship pastor! We are affiliated w...
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$18,000.00 - $80,000.00
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Accomplishes job purpose by performing religious duties.
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Visits people in homes, hospitals, and prisons to provide them with comfort and support.
Counsels individuals and groups concerning their spiritual, emotional, and personal needs.
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