There are many varieties of positions as a minister, ranging from church minister to more specialized positions such as military chaplain. However, the minister's general role is to provide their community with spiritual and religious support. This role involves regular public speaking, with the number of weekly services varying depending on the needs of the minister's community; additionally, these professionals speak during memorial services and community event. Administrative duties performed by the minister include hiring, training, budgeting, and organizing meetings. They may also perform a supervisory role for other members of the church staff.
Ministers' work environments vary greatly, although it is generally indoors within a church. This job may present stresses in dealing with the needs of the community, and it requires excellent patience and compassion at all times. Ministers' work hours depend on scheduling needs, but ministers must maintain an active relationship with the community at all times and be available to deal with congregant emergencies as they arise.
Many minister positions require a degree in divinity studies; this may include a master’s degree or seminary school. Ordination and/or state licensing may be required. Experience is generally required or preferred as well. Ministers must have excellent knowledge of theological matters and the needs of their congregation and community.
Facilitate discussions on faith-based topics.
Assist with planning and leading ministry retreats.
Preach, lead worship ceremonies and Bible studies, and provide pastoral consultation.