A pastor leads a congregation at a Christian church in prayer, song, and general spiritual guidance. In many modern Christian sects, pastoral duties are reserved for men. While the exact requirements for pastors vary depending on their sect, the pastor leads the routine worship services, in which Christians gather in prayer and listen to sermons. A pastor must have strong writing and speaking skills to create and deliver speeches emphasizing the importance of faith in the lives of the congregation's members. A strong command of scripture and biblical history, as well as the ability to interpret and relate this information to their congregation, is a must. Work is traditionally indoors, inside church auditoriums and offices. Although the work schedule varies by church, most pastors lead services at least several times on Sunday, and they often lead a service at another point in the week.
A pastor almost always must be officially ordained by church authorities and have a college degree in theology or religious studies. Most services regularly incorporate song into their programs, so singing skills may be helpful. They must also have strong communication skills to work with other members of the church's leadership and congregations. Fundraising abilities are occasionally important to bring in necessary donations.
- Promote the Church and its mission through spiritual leadership and as-needed consultation.
- Conduct weddings, funerals, and other services.
- Conduct worship ceremonies and give sermons.
- Teach through precept and by example.