Members of the clergy provide spiritual motivation and guidance, conduct worship according to the form of service of a particular faith/denomination and perform related functions associated with religious beliefs and practices.
- Prepares and delivers sermons and talks and leads congregation in worship
- Interprets doctrines and instructs intending clergy members in religious principles and practices
- Provides and arranges the provision of religious instruction to congregation members
- Performs marriages, funerals, baptisms and other special religious rites
- Provides pastoral care to members of the congregation in their homes and in hospitals and counsels those in need of spiritual or moral guidance
- Undertakes administration and social duties as required.
Entrants typically possess a degree or equivalent qualification. Candidates for the clergy according to the Christian faith must pass a residential selection procedure and attend theological college where training includes theological instruction and practical pastoral experience. Training can last up to six years depending upon age, experience and denomination. Entry routes for other religious professionals will vary according to the particular faith concerned.