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Jobs at Christian Colleges
Working at a Christian college is a way to support the faith.
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Although Christian colleges hire and employ people to fill jobs that are similar to jobs at secular colleges, some religious schools also have jobs that support and promote Christian beliefs to students and larger communities. These colleges might require degrees such as Christian counseling or Christian music. Specific requirements for the jobs are established by the individual college’s administrators.
As a Christian college chaplain, you might create programs for members of student and community organizations that support a school’s religious goals and events. For example, you might organize missions to provide meals to local shelters. If you work as a chaplain, you might also counsel students, faculty and other members of Christian colleges. Critical thinking, communication, leadership and organizational skills could help you to succeed in the role. Some Christian colleges require you to have, at the minimum, a master’s in divinity or similar degree.
Campus Ministry Director
Responsibilities that you might fulfill as a campus ministry director include promoting a Christian college’s overall mission, core values and vision. If you work as a director, you can also engage in interfaith dialogue with students from different religious backgrounds. To achieve this, you might work with administrators like the head of student affairs, the dean of students and campus Christian counselors. At some Christian colleges, degrees like a master’s of divinity are required to be hired as a campus ministry director.
Justice and Outreach Coordinator
Start working as a justice and outreach coordinator at Christian colleges, and you could partner with members of student and off-campus organizations such as sororities, fraternities, local worship centers and social agencies. You could also lead open discussions with students and members of off-campus organizations about Christian principles and discipleship. In addition, as a justice and outreach coordinator, you could create social service activities for students throughout the year. Some Christian colleges require justice and outreach coordinators to have at least a bachelor’s degree in fields such as theology, education, social services or religious studies.
Coordinator of Christian Counseling
Depending on the college where you work, as a coordinator of Christian counseling, you might provide counseling to groups or individual students. Your counseling might include grief counseling, marital counseling and addiction counseling. In addition, you might create and manage budgets for counseling services offered at Christian colleges. At some Christian colleges, the coordinator of Christian counseling role falls under the Student Services department. At least a master’s degree in counseling is required to fill this position at some schools.
Choral directors recruit and train student choir members at Christian colleges. In addition, you might advertise and promote college choral programs on campus and in local communities. Other job responsibilities you might have as a choral director are teaching choral music courses to music majors, including students who are not members of campus choirs. A doctorate degree in music is required to work as a choral director at some Christian colleges.
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