Ministry Schools In California

California has 29 accredited ministry schools where ministry faculty who teach ministry classes can find employment. Below are statistics and other relevant data to help analyze the state of ministry and ministry training in California, which includes ministry training at the following levels:

  • Bachelors degree in Ministry
  • Masters degree in Ministry
  • PhD degree in Ministry


Schools

  1. American Baptist Seminary of the West

    2606 Dwight Way, Berkeley, California 94704-3029

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  2. Azusa Pacific University

    901 E Alosta, Azusa, California 91702-7000

    170 U.S. News National University Ranking
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  3. Bethany University

    800 Bethany Dr, Scotts Valley, California 95066-2898

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  4. Bethesda Christian University

    730 N. Euclid St, Anaheim, California 92801

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  5. Biola University

    13800 Biola Ave, La Mirada, California 90639-0001

    170 U.S. News National University Ranking
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  6. Church Divinity School of the Pacific

    2451 Ridge Road, Berkeley, California 94709-1211

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  7. Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology

    2301 Vine Street, Berkeley, California 94708-1816

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  8. Franciscan School of Theology

    1712 Euclid Ave, Berkeley, California 94709-1208

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  9. Fuller Theological Seminary in California

    135 N Oakland Ave, Pasadena, California 91182

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  10. Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University

    1735 LeRoy Ave, Berkeley, California 94709

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  11. Southern California Seminary

    2075 E. Madison Avenue, El Cajon, California 92019-1108

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  12. La Sierra University

    4500 Riverwalk Parkway, Riverside, California 92515-8247

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  13. The Master's College and Seminary

    21726 Placerita Canyon Road, Santa Clarita, California 91321-1200

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  14. Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary

    4824 E Butler, Fresno, California 93727-5097

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  15. Hope International University

    2500 E Nutwood Ave, Fullerton, California 92831-3199

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  16. Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary

    2770 Marin Ave, Berkeley, California 94708-1597

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  17. Pacific School of Religion

    1798 Scenic Ave, Berkeley, California 94709

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  18. Pepperdine University

    24255 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, California 90263

    55 U.S. News National University Ranking
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  19. San Francisco Theological Seminary

    105 Seminary Road, San Anselmo, California 94960-0000

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  20. William Jessup University

    333 Sunset Blvd., Rocklin, California 95765-3707

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  21. Simpson University

    2211 College View Drive, Redding, California 96003-8606

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  22. Vanguard University of Southern California

    55 Fair Dr, Costa Mesa, California 92626

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  23. St. John's Seminary

    5012 Seminary Rd, Camarillo, California 93012-2500

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  24. Starr King School for Ministry

    2441 Le Conte AVE, Berkeley, California 94709-1209

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  25. Claremont School of Theology

    1325 N College Ave, Claremont, California 91711-3199

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  26. Westminster Theological Seminary in California

    1725 Bear Valley Pky, Escondido, California 92027

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  27. Bethel Seminary San Diego

    6116 Arosa St, San Diego, California 92115

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  28. World Mission University

    500 Shatto Pl Ste 600, Los Angeles, California 90020

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  29. King's University

    14800 Sherman Way, Van Nuys, California 91405-2233

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Cities

Statistics

Professional Trends

California Vs. National Ministry Employment

California 7,100
National 59,660

Of all of the ministry professionals in the country, nearly 12% are in the state of California.

Employment Growth for Ministry professionals In California

7,120 6,660 6,530 6,440 7,100
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Actual Values

The number of ministry professionals is shrinking in California. 20 less ministry professionals were working in California in 2010, than there were in 2006. So, in four years, the number of ministry professionals has shrunk by 0%. This is slower than the trend for ministry professionals around the US. Nationally, the number of ministry professionals has grown by 13% between 2006 and 2010.

Ministry VS. All Professions salaries in California

$44,520 $48,240 $48,310 $51,480 $51,235
$48,885 $52,410 $54,744 $56,285 $57,176
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Ministry
  • Dark Yellow: All Professions

As the number of ministry professionals is declining, the salaries paid to ministry professionals are increasing in California. Ministry professionals earned a yearly mean salary of $44,520 in 2006. They earned a yearly mean salary of $51,235 in 2010.

Salary percentiles for Ministry professionals in California

10th percentile
$23,980
25th percentile
$34,870
50th percentile
$46,575
75th percentile
$62,090
90th percentile
$85,130

Thus, there was a 13% growth in ministry professionals' salaries. State trends for all professions mirror this growth. In the state of California, there is a huge variation in pay, within the field of ministry. The pay differential between the highest paid ministry professionals and those in the bottom 10% of the pay bracket is 255%

Average Salaries for Ministry professionals and related professions in California

Christian Counseling
$56,075
Ministry
$51,235
Theology
$72,410

In California, ministry professionals earn, on average, less than professionals in related fields.

Educational Trends

Ministry programs available for each degree type for all schools in California

associate
0
bachelor
6
master
25
doctor
1
Certificate
0
Total32

The number of students graduating from the 29 accredited ministry schools in California is decreasing. In 2006, 609 students graduated from ministry courses in California. And in 2010, 544 students graduated.

Thus there was a 11% percent decrease in the number of ministry school degree or certificate graduates in California. A majority of these graduates, or 78%, graduated with a master's degree in ministry.

Ministry Faculty Salaries in California

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