Job Title: Minister
Type of Company: My work is ministry
Education: BA, English, University of Massachusetts M. Div., Harvard Divinity School
Previous Experience: I was a high school teacher for several years.
Job Tasks: I write and deliver sermons on a weekly basis. We talk about God and our highest values and how we can and do aspire to incarnate our highest ideals. As Unitarian Universalists, we accept that there are many ways to know and name God. As minister I also provide pastoral care, listen to people as they journey through life, bring flowers and a listening ear and other kinds of support to the sick and elderly and families in distress. The church tries to help those in need out in the community - this requires outreach and presence in the community. We also have an active social justice committee that speaks out on issues of the day in accordance with our religious values and teachings.
As minister I meet weekly with the director of Religious Education and the director of Music. Each Sunday there is plenty of music at our worship service; having the right music is important and enhances the experience enormously, so we confer on what is best and where in the service it should go. The director of Religious Education and I talk about which services might benefit from being inter-generational. I meet with the week's storyteller, sharing the sermon topic and choosing a theme-consistent story.
Since the church provides religious education to people of all ages, I also teach Adult Education classes occasionally throughout the year.
The church has a governing board which convenes monthly. At these meetings we discuss the nuts and bolts of running the church - finances, staff issues, policy etc.
One of the things I love most about the ministry is that no two days are alike.
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of the job for me is that I get to be with and support people in their most important moments - we dedicate babies, officiate at weddings and support people during crisis and when they die. Ministry is not a 9-5 job. Working every weekend is hard on my spouse and kept me out of the house, away from my kids more than I would like.
1. Ministry is a job where you have to tend to yourself as well. Too much selflessness can burn you out.
2. Ministers have to have good boundaries. It is unwise to seek friendships within your congregation, for a variety of reasons, so the ministry can be a lonely profession.
3. The most important attribute of a minister is the ability to listen with love.
4. Something you should know - ministry is, in many ways a life of study.
Additional Thoughts: Ministry is often a profession that people choose when they are older in life and have "lived" some. And yet, I have known some exceptional ministerial students in their twenties.
These schools offer particularly quick info upon request, and we have written detailed profiles for each (click school names to see the profiles).
Request info from multiple schools, by clicking the Request Info links.
A degree from CTU connects you to what matters most: powerful professional network, real-world professional faculty and innovative technology. Once you earn your degree you hit the ground running.
Liberty University provides a world-class education with a solid Christian foundation, equipping men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential for success in every aspect of life.
See What’s Possible When You Earn a Degree at Florida Tech 100% Online
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota's Online Master's Programs
At Saint Mary's, we take pride in offering online graduate degrees designed to complement the schedules of working adults like you. Get an affordable, convenient education from a top-ranked university that's grounded in real-world applications.
Welcome to Argosy University
Argosy University offers doctoral, master's, and bachelor's degree programs to students through its eight colleges: College of Behavioral Sciences, Graduate School of Business and Management, College of Education, College of Health Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Creative Arts and Design, College of Clinical Psychology and Western State College of Law at Argosy University as well as certificate programs in many areas.
Concordia University - Portland offers several fully online 14-month Master of Education (M.Ed.) programs and a fully online Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) program.
Pursue your education at Pacific Oaks College.
Earn your graduate degree online with Northcentral University.
Syracuse's Master's in Library and Information Science (MLIS) curriculum prepares students for careers in a broad range of settings, including academic institutions, public libraries, corporations, government agencies, and cultural institutions.
You’re serious about success. With your busy schedule and the desire to move your career forward, you can earn an accredited associate, bachelors or master’s degree at a pace that works for you anywhere, anytime, 24/7.
At AIU, the Serious U, you can get started to get ahead.
The inside stories from people actually working in the field.
Click a story title to show the story, and click the title again to hide it.
Career Stories are concise, real-world career overviews written by people relating their personal career experiences and wisdom. They provide invaluable insights and mentoring advice to students and career changers.
Most stories include:
Please also see our detailed information about Clergy, including: