How to Become a Vicar Online

Dec 17, 2019

Individuals who wish to work in their religious faith have an option of becoming a vicar. This article depicts who vicars are, what they do, and the steps and requirements needed to become a vicar online.

Information about Vicars

Vicars are those who help with responsibilities of another clergy member, such as a priest helping in bishop duties because the bishop has other obligations. Different denominations have the position of vicar and, in general, all vicars are responsible for promoting religious belief and guiding the flock with words from the Bible.

Required Skills* Public Speaking, Self-Reflection, Public Relations, Guidance and Counseling, Meditation and Focus
Job Growth for All Clergy* 6% for 2018-2028
Median Salary for All Clergy* $48,990 (2018)

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Steps to Become a Vicar Online

There are different ways to become a vicar, such as becoming a priest or pastor and being appointed to help with bishop tasks, but another way is through the following four steps, which all have portions that can be completed online.

Step One: Talk with the Church's Clergy

Different denominations have different rules, but, in general, the individual is suggested to talk with his or her own pastor or priest to discuss the process further. From here, the individual is sent to some other clergy members to discuss the process and the opportunity to become a vicar. The final clergy member to speak to the candidate would be the bishop. All of these conversations can be held online, if the clergy members agree to it.

Step Two: Complete the Education Requirement

Candidates will then receive sponsorship by the church for their time at a theological college. The exact number of courses may be outlined by the specific denomination, but often they are related to theology, religion, and philosophy; schooling typically takes two to three years. Different seminaries and theological colleges offer courses online.

Step Three: Working as a Curate

Once the education is completed, the candidate enters a four-year-long period called curacy. He or she becomes a deacon and will conduct several services in the church under the guidance of other clergy members and, after gaining this experience, the deacon will be promoted to a priest or pastor, depending on the denomination. The individual will continue to conduct more church services and offer guidance to the congregation. The curate might be able to do some of the assigned tasks online, such as communicating with other churches of the same denomination or networking with the community via social media.

Step Four: Apply for His or Her Own Church

After the four years of curacy, the individual can apply to run his or her own congregation. Depending on the denomination, by running his or her own church, the individual becomes a vicar as he or she is taking on some of the roles of the bishop. This process can be done online and since open positions can be in different parts of the country, the interview can also be held online as well.

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