Stephanie Bliese is a PhD student at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, studying American Religious History with a minor in Global Christianity. In addition to blogging for our site and being a student, she works in seminary fundraising and inter-religious dialogue.
Ministry concerns the acts of public worship with a congregation. For those students that seek a background in strong ministry best practices, associates programs in ministry can provide you with the education and confidence you need to begin a career in the ministry field.
With a degree in ministry, you have a variety of job and career options. Churches of all denominations seek qualified staff to serve as worship leaders, music directors, youth ministers, audio-visual technicians, musicians, and volunteer coordinators. With additional education, careers as clergyman as an ordained rabbi, imam, priest, or minister are also available.
Associate’s programs in ministry increase your ability to lead services, be they secular, religious, professional, or personal. Programs provide a foundational knowledge of the Old and New Testament, allowing you to construct a well-reasoned theology and personal application. Graduates are able to integrate religious principles in critical thinking and decision making, demonstrate awareness and improvement of thinking and learning strategies, exhibit competency in general education subjects, comprehend interpersonal communication skills, and exhibit knowledge and understanding of God’s word. Programs require about 60 units and students must have a high school diploma or GED.