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Ministry is the area of study and practice that is related to the delivery of christian beliefs and the spreading of faith. Individuals will be well acquainted with the bible and gospels, utilizing the words contained therein as the foundation of faith and preaching that is aimed at education and enlightening individuals.
Education and Schools
Education in the area of ministry can result in a variety of degrees ranging from the bachelor’s to doctorate. Individuals will study the Bible extensively, including in depth examination of relevant portions. Students will also learn to become public speakers as well as to apply logical argument in order to defend scripture in the face of adversity. Lessons in history, particularly in the ancient Biblical world allows for a proper context of understanding for the explored material.
A curriculum may include:
- Social Interaction
- Bible Studies
Ministry programs are generally found through seminaries or christian colleges. Individuals searching for the right school will typically choose one that is operated by their personal denomination. Some schools offer non-denominational or open enrollment for such programs, allowing student of varying faiths to receive their desired education. As a result student less inclined toward local or denominational offerings may wish to explore better known or more widely acclaimed schools that allow for cross-denominational enrollment.
Individuals will typically pursue employment within their denomination, often as a pastor or minister within a an established or newly founded church. Salary is generally based on cost of living, and such individuals are expected to become an active participant in the community. Job growth is expected to grow over the next decade, particularly due to expanding roles of churches as part of community and the expansion of various denominations into new areas. Scholarly review of ministry, and employment in seminaries and colleges as an instructor is also possible.