Clergy - What They Do

Clergy generally receive a Master's degree before they enter the job market.

Once employed, Clergy can expect to earn an average of $46,000.00 per year throughout their career.

In addition, over the next 10 years Clergy will be one of the fastest growing occupations. They should experience a 18.9% rate of growth during this time period.

In respect to starting your own business, Clergy rarely feel the entrepreneurial itch. Currently, 0.1% of the employment base is classified as self-employed.

Given the job environment today, Clergy can consider themselves quite lucky, as only 0.9% are currently unemployed.

Academic Programs of Interest

Biblical Studies
There are two major approaches towards Biblical studies. The first approach studies the Bible as a human creation and is also known as Biblical criticism; This approach is practiced in the secular academic world. In this approach, Biblical studies can be considered as a sub-field of religious studies.

The other approach is the religious study of the Bible, where it is assumed that the Bible... more
Pastoral Studies
Pastoral Studies is for those who wish to develop a strong theoretical background, as well as an array of practical skills, in the areas of pastoral care and counseling.

A Pastoral Studies program will be of interest to those who seek to deepen their understanding of what constitutes the spiritual and personal well-being of others; it also provides an opportunity for those wishing to increase... more
Religious Studies
Religious studies is the academic field of multi-disciplinary, secular study of religious beliefs, behaviors, and institutions. It describes, compares, interprets, and explains religion, emphasizing systematic, historically-based, and cross-cultural perspectives.

While theologians attempt to understand the subject matter of religion from within a particular religious tradition, scholars of religion study human religious behavior and belief from outside any particular religious viewpoint. Religious studies draws upon multiple... more
In Europe, the traditional places for the study of theology have been universities and seminaries. Typically the Protestant state churches have trained their ministers in universities while the Roman Catholic church has used seminaries as well as universities for both the clergy and the laity. However, the secularization of European states has closed down the theological faculties in many countries while the Catholic church has... more