A Minster who serves in big congregations might share particular parts of the ministry with a single assistant/associate or more like a minister of music or a minister in education. Several small churches make use of a part-time minister who may be a student of a seminary, a secular job holder or a retired minister. Protestant denominational religious studies only accept students who have gained a bachelor’s degree or its counterpart from a recognized college. After finishing college, a lot of denominations need a three-year course of specialized study in a recognized seminary or school for the degree in Master of Divinity.
Competition is intense for positions serving big, town/city congregations. A Minister who is willing to be employed for small, pastoral congregation or for part-time might have better entry potentials. A recently ordained Protestant Minister who will not be able to find parish post could work in family relations, youth counseling and/or in social welfare groups, teach in a spiritual edifying institutions or work as a chaplain in hospitals, universities, correctional institutions an Armed Forces.
A person that is in the course of being ordained is at times called as “ordinands”, whereas the liturgy or rituals of ordination are called as the “ordinal”. Prior to the advent of Internet, studying at a seminary was normally required so as to become an ordained Protestant Minister.
Nowadays, one could easily become an ordained Protestant Minister by means of different websites, which give free ordination. For instance, the non-denominational ULC or the Universal Life Church of Modesto in California, USA advertises ordinations amid other products and permits a person to be an ordained minister for about $12.
Though the effectiveness of ordination online might be morally debatable, a person who has become minister by being ordained online could lawfully govern weddings and sign marriage contracts, just like other religious leader. Provided that the person who has become an ordained minister has superior reputation in his church, he is lawfully permitted to sanctify marriages in many states in the U.S.
There are several states in the U.S. that need more than just a mere Internet ordainment from a person who would like to execute religious rituals. States like Virginia, Oklahoma, Delaware, Louisiana and Arkansas need a person who has been ordained to present to the particular state a copy of his credential in addition to his address before performing any religious ceremony. Nevada, Ohio and Rhode Island all certify their state’s ministers, while Tennessee requires that the ordination should be “a calculated and conscientious act” and might completely prohibit a person who has become ordained through the online process.
According to the BLS of the United States, an estimated average salary of an ordained religious leader in the year 2007 is $43,720. Wages for a Protestant Minister differ depending on where he functions, what denomination does he belong, how many individuals attend the church and how rich the church members are. Some denomination will tie the pay of a minister to the standard pay of the community or the congregation, thus salaries would be considerably greater in bigger and wealthier congregations.