Everyday God calls men and women to serve in their communities but with only a few select paid roles available in most churches, it is difficult for most to fully give themselves to the needs of those they are called to help. How can a minister find freedom to answer the call and provide a good living for his family? There are solutions to this problem that have been proven over and over again. With a few steps of preparation, you can make the transition from a volunteer to a professional minister and the path may be shorter and less expensive than you thought.
The process enlightens and equips students with the necessary training, tools, and confidence to be a leader in their field of ministry . If you are ready to take your life and ministry to the next level, then you should consider earning your degree and a certification in one of Integrity Seminary specialties. This can give you a great advantage in the job market and can be accomplished in as little as 1 or 2 years. Integrity Seminary in the Dallas, TX area offers a variety of quality certifications and degrees that specialize in strategic areas of ministry which provide exciting and challenging ministry opportunities. Most of our students are adults who have families, careers and roots in their community. One of the major draws to adults like this, is the convenience of the Integrity ONLINE program or if you live in the Dallas, Ft. Worth area, Integrity has a campus in Red Oak, TX where you can drive to one Saturday a month for a few hours of class lectures and then complete your homework and assignments at home during the month. Integrity offers traditional programs too but most appealing to ministers seeking a new or second career in ministry, is the Accelerated Degree Program.
This program offers a bachelor's degree to qualified adults, a masters, a dual degree (bachelor's and master's), and a doctorate that can be completed through the Accelerated Degree Program.
Students can actually earn a bachelor's, master's or doctorate in as little as one year and for only $2500 to $5000. Integrity is a member of the AICCS
, Association of Independent Christian Colleges and Seminaries, members of AICCS
have transfer-ability to over 400 other member institutions.
The pursuit of a ministry degree is becoming more worthwhile and more lucrative. Recently, Foxbusiness.com reported a theology degree was at the top of the most employable degrees today with only a 1% unemployment rate. For several years now we have seen that 95% of ministry jobs posted online require at least a master's degree and 99% require a bachelor's degree as prerequisite to apply. Recent estimations tell us that by 2020 65% of all jobs may require a bachelor's degree or higher. (http://higheredincrisis.org/2013/12/the-jobs-of-tomorrow-require-a-college-degree-or-do-they/
) Obtaining a degree(s) is the first real step to your future career in ministry.
An additional asset one may venture to acquire, is a certification in one or more specific areas. These programs are very short and deeply informative. They make tremendous adds-on to a degree and nicely round out a resume. Certifications offered at Integrity are usually just a few hundred dollars and are available in several areas e.g. Professional Chaplaincy, Suicide Prevention Training, Communication, Frontier Missions, Grief, Trauma, & Crisis Counseling, Substance Abuse Counseling, and more. Integrity graduates have found jobs in Chaplaincy, Christian Schools, Bible Colleges, all areas of Church ministry, Christian Counseling, on the missions field, and in the market place to mention a few. The personal testimonies are many and there continue to be more as the number of graduates grow every year. A third valuable item to acquire is practical experience and Integrity has included that as a part of the degree plan. Students must serve in a local ministry while working on their education. This practicum experience adds 8 credit hours to the degree plan, allowing the student to graduate with a quality degree and at least one year of practical experience. These assets can be convincing to an ordaining committee, church board or employer. If you would like more information on Integrity Seminary visit the website or call today! 214 202 0449 www.integrityseminary.net