Pastoral Ministry

Shyira Diocese has While pastors are the leaders of a church, they have many other duties aside from giving sermons. Read on to learn more about the job responsibilities and skills needed to become a pastor.

Job Responsibilities of a Pastor

As a pastor, you provide spiritual leadership to members of a church. Your duties include preparing weekly sermons, preaching and conducting worship services. It’s your responsibility to interpret biblical scripture for the congregation. You also provide care and counseling to church members and assist them in crisis situations. In addition, working as a pastor may require you to officiate at special services, such as confirmations, baptisms, weddings and funerals. You collaborate with choir leaders to integrate music into church services. Job hours are a bit irregular, because you must divide your time between conducting worship services, attending social events at the church and completing administrative duties. Additional job responsibilities may include:

  • Assisting in church financial matters
  • Overseeing management of all areas of the congregation’s ministry
  • Supporting, overseeing and evaluating congregation staff
  • Holding regular staff meetings to coordinate ministries
  • Ensuring church facilities are functioning

Essential Knowledge and Skills

To work as a pastor, you must have comprehensive knowledge of the Bible and a strong religious conviction. You also must be ordained by a church or accredited body. Beneficial skills may include:

  • Strong character
  • Impartiality
  • Public speaking
  • Compassion for struggles and concerns of others
  • Ability to communicate clearly

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