Minister of religion

Ministers of Religion are spiritual leaders tasked with performing the duties ascribed to them by particular religions or faith traditions. They may be responsible for performing services, providing spiritual formation for members of their congregation, acting in social justice or poverty alleviation programs, or liaising with members of the wider community.

Duties and tasks

  • Developing, coordinating, or working for social outreach or social justice programs
  • May proselytize or evangelize, depending on the religion
  • Performing marriages, funerals, and other special religious ceremonies
  • Preparing sermons or services and delivering them for the congregation
  • Providing emotional support and spiritual activities for members of their particular congregation
  • Teaching or coordinating religious education classes
  • Working with musical directors to plan music for services

Skills required

  • Ability to instruct and work with others
  • Ability to perceive when others are in need of help
  • Active listening
  • Open and empathetic manner
  • Public speaking capabilities

Working conditions

Ministers of Religion have varied workplaces, depending on the type of minister and the religion. They may work in churches, synagogues, mosques, or other establishments of religion and faith. They may also work for religious schools or hospitals or they may immerse themselves in poverty-stricken areas to do work on the ground.

Professional associations / Industry information

Rotary Australia 

The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) 

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