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 music
conduct services of public worship and administer sacraments as required
participate in and contribute to the social and welfare activities of communities
counsel and encourage people to be aware of their social and religious responsibilities
provide personal support to people undergoing a crisis such as illness, bereavement or family breakdown
conduct classes in religious instruction and organise participation in community projects
supervise prayer and discussion groups, retreats and seminars
conduct baptisms, marriages, funerals and other services
translate, interpret, explain and communicate scripture
keep records as required by civil or church law
visit 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.