Even as a state with a relatively small population, Maine is home to a significant Christian population. The largest membership of Christians in the state were Mainline Protestants in 2010, according to the Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA). In this group, denominations with the largest increase in adherents from 2000-2010 were Latter-Day Saints, Pentecostal, Adventist, and Baptist.
Also during that decade, Adventist, Baptist, Pentecostal, and Presbyterian-Reformed memberships, respectively, added the most new congregations in Maine. Catholics also comprise a large membership here, with over 100,000 followers statewide.
Education in Maine
Maine houses several traditional colleges with expansive faith-based programs. St. Joseph’s College features a large selection of majors, including comprehensive online options in Theology, for example. New England Bible College focuses its academic offerings on Bible studies, missions, and pastoral ministry. Grace Evangelical College and Seminary also features tailored faith-based programs for Christians seeking a career in religious studies or ministry.
Attending a Maine Christian college may be a smart option for students looking to incorporate their faith into their pursuit of a higher education.
Working in Maine
Forestry and agriculture may seem like dominant industries in the state of Maine, however non-farm industries have provided the most jobs in recent years. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports education and health services, and trade, transportation, and utilities, were top industries in Maine as of February 2013.
In these industries, the largest number of Maine residents worked in management, business, science, and arts occupations, followed closely by sales and office, and service jobs, according to the U.S. Census report. In all metropolitan areas of the state, non-farm employment provides jobs to well-over 50% of the labor force.
Find out more about Christian colleges in Maine below: