Religious leaders are responsible for leading worship, and providing guidance and instruction to members of their faith, sect or tribe. They are also responsible for any associated administrative duties. The term 'religious leader' covers a range of titles and functions such as Aboriginal ceremonial celebrant, chaplain, imam, minister, missionary, monk, nun, pastor, priest, rabbi, religious brother/sister, religion teacher, religious counsellor and religious youth leader.
Duties & Tasks
Religious leaders may perform the following tasks, which can vary according to the religion and the denomination:plan ceremonies and services, including the use of musicconduct services of public worship and administer sacraments as requiredparticipate in and contribute to the social and welfare activities of communitiescounsel and encourage people to be aware of their social and religious responsibilitiesprovide personal support to people undergoing a crisis such as illness, bereavement or family breakdownconduct classes in religious instruction and organise participation in community projectssupervise prayer and discussion groups, retreats and seminarsconduct baptisms, marriages, funerals and other servicestranslate, interpret, explain and communicate scripturekeep records as required by civil or church lawvisit the sick and elderly.
Religious leaders work long hours and extensive travel may be required. Some may operate as missionaries in isolated areas or overseas. Emotional and physical stress can be associated with this occupation.
- a deep personal commitment to a particular religious calling enjoy working with people an awareness of the needs of the community an understanding of the behaviour and responsibilities expected of religious leaders.