A theology degree can be used to gain secular, religious and government employment. Most of these positions will not involve preaching, proselyting and scriptural lectures. Instead, they generally involve supporting and serving clients through meeting their spiritual and emotional needs.
Hospice chaplains provide spiritual care services to patients and their families. They either directly care for patients or provide support through the coordination of care with other counselors and professionals. They primarily work with patients who are in the end-of-life stage. Hospice chaplains may provide funeral, memorial and bereavement services for patients of varied beliefs and faiths. Their primary task is to perform spiritual assessments of patients and families in the hospice program in order to provide individualized and appropriate services. They maintain records of spiritual care services for quality improvement, program development and continuing education purposes.Most employers want chaplains who are certified through recognized organizations.
Chaplains work in every branch of the military as pastors, priests, rabbis and imams. Their job is to enhance the morale aptitude, emotional resilience and spiritual fitness of service members and their families. They advise military leaders regarding ethical, religious and spiritual matters. These chaplains advocate for members of the military to seek spiritual support and guidance to make the best decisions. They may supervise, evaluate and coordinate spiritual care staff and volunteers. These chaplains establish positive relationships with community clergy, counselors and chaplains to adequately meet service members’ needs. They actively attend and participate in interdisciplinary team meetings.
A ministry counselor will most likely work for a religious organization. They perform family, couple or personal assessments in order to outline needs, goals and strengths with clients. Their spiritual treatment plans follow standard formats that adopt holistic approaches to emotional and psychological well-being. They provide weekly, bi-weekly and monthly consultative visits with clients during church service hours and during the week. They focus on therapeutic problem solving services within the contexts of their religious affiliation. They also provide coverage for crisis interventions by immediately responding by telephone or in-person. They often refer clients to community, government and private practice organizations.
Many pastors want to do more than preach in front of traditional congregations. Youth pastors provide vision and leadership to teens and their long suffering parents. They develop curriculum goals and directions with church leadership in order to establish and create curriculum content and activity choices. They recruit, train and coordinate volunteers. They focus on building harmonious relationships with students and their families. Youth pastors provide special pastoral care to struggling teens and equip parents with supportive tools and resources. They utilize various technology to create effective communication forms for youth, parents, church bodies and local communities.
Theology instructors may be employed by churches, parochial schools and non-secular colleges. These instructors are committed to the personal development of students and the advancement of the organization’s mission. Theology instructors usually must be a practicing, devout member of their religious sect. Their degree in theology may specialize in philosophy, scriptural interpretation, church history, religious studies and applied theology. They must have the ability to collaboratively work with staff who may have dissimilar theological attitudes and beliefs. They must be able to develop and enhance curriculum.
Other jobs for graduates with a theology degree include parish director, church program leader, overseas missionary and diocesan office coordinator. Other business related jobs cover operations, marketing and communication.