MINISTERS lead congregations in worship and administer baptism, confirmation, Holy Communion and other rites. Services may include Bible reading, hymn singing, prayers, and a sermon. Ministers prepare and deliver sermons and give religious instruction. They officiate at weddings, funerals, and other occasions. They give instruction to those interested in joining the church and counsel those who seek guidance. They visit the sick and elderly at home and in the hospital, and comfort the bereaved. They also engage in interfaith, community, civic, educational, or recreational activities sponsored by or related to the interests of the church.
Salary, Size & Growth
- $50,000 average per year ($24.00 per hour)
- A medium occupation (59,700 workers in 2010)
- Expected to grow moderately (1.3% per year)
Educational requirements for protestant MINISTERS vary greatly. The standard curriculum for accredited theological schools consists of four major categories: Biblical studies, church history, theology and ethics, and practical theology. Other subjects include sociology and anthropology, comparative religions, spiritual formation, religion and the arts, and speech, among others. Some institutions offer Doctor of Ministry degrees to students who have completed additional study (usually 2 or more years) and served at least two years as a minister.