This is quoted from the novel White Single Woman.

“So I’m a fucking sinner! Who are you, Mother Teresa? Isn’t a human being allowed one mistake? For God’s sakes, are you shooting for the ministry? I need you, Allie!”

I looked up "Shoot for". It means "To strive for something; to aspire to some goal. "

But I can't understand "shooting for the ministry". I think "ministry" means the department of one sector. Such as Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Foreign Affairs ...

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    Yes, shooting for = aiming for, that is, setting as your goal, here. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Jul 15 '18 at 10:45

The speaker is implying that Allie is being excessively morally zealous about something the speaker has done, and sarcastically suggests that she aspires to become a nun or minister of religion.

ministry (noun) The work or vocation of a minister of religion. ‘he is training for the ministry’

Ministry (Oxford Dictionaries)

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