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Opportunities in Religious Service Careers (Opportunities InSeries) Paperback – September 18, 2003

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Your passport to a successful and rewarding career

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Are you looking for the latest information to open the door to the career of your dreams? The nation's largest career books series, VGM's Opportunities in . . . series gives you the inside scoop on more than 100 professions, as well as on all the essential aspects of your potential career, no matter how specialized the field. From the latest training requirements to current salary statistics to the lowdown on life on the job, each book is packed with comprehensive, up-to-date information to help you confidently pursue the profession that's right for you!

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In this revised edition of Opportunities in Religious Service Careers, you'll find:

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  • Tips on determining if you have the skills, motivation, and temperament to dedicate yourself to a religious service career .
  • Reliable resources for internships, academic degree programs, and vocational training .
  • Detailed descriptions of job duties and responsibilities for a wide variety of positions, from chaplain to religious educator to congregational leader .
  • An expansive overview of possible work settings, including a hospital, classroom, or military base; a neighborhood close to home or a village thousands of miles away .
  • Inspirational advice on committing to meaningful work despite sometimes limited monetary compensation .
  • Strategies for launching a career, including suggestions for women and those interested in international assignments .
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Take the stress out of the career selection process with this indispensable guide that functions as your own personal vocational counselor. You'll find enough expert advice to make an informed, intelligent choice about your career--and your future.


About the Author

John Oliver Nelson wrote dozens of booklets, books, and vocational study guides and was a teacher at Yale University's graduate divinity school.


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Product Details

  • Series: Opportunities InSeries
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (September 18, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071411666
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071411660
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.4 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,872,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John O. Nelson's small but informative book has been updated for 2004.
Nelson right away explains that a call to religious service is much different than picking a career in another field. Religious service can carry with it prejudice and stigma, as many in today's society grapple with spiritual issues involving the church in their lives.
The book is very small, just one hundred and twenty eight pages of text, but it is a good starting point to launch a more thorough search into the area. Nelson keeps his discussion centered on the three more popular belief systems in North America: Protestant, Catholic, and Judaism. Other religions may find something helpful here. Nelson opens with a brief description of vocations in religion, and then discusses offshoots of religious careers that many may not think of.
Not everyone is interested in becoming a member of the clergy or preaching in front of a congregation, and Nelson acknowledges that. He also notices that some church leaders do not even have a high school diploma, but do just as good a job as someone weighted with degrees. Nelson mentions other careers "behind the scenes," as it were. Chaplains for the military, prisons, or hospitals; religion teachers; missionaries; religious musical careers; church administration; all of these are briefly hit on in seperate chapters, yet the main thrust of the book deals with worship leaders.
An ordinary day in the clergy's life is described, and how much salary and benefits have changed over the years (pastors do not work just one hour a week, and preaching is not "its own reward).
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This book is a quick read and a good introduction for someone who is interested in pursuing a religious/spiritual work, although it isn't exactly the book I was looking for. I thought it was rather boring and when I'm not interested in a book, it seems impossible to read. I think this is an okay book, but its not going to make you jump up and down with excitement.
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