Minister of Religion

Performs spiritual functions associated with beliefs and practices of a religious faith, and provides motivation, guidance and training in religious life for the people of a congregation or parish, and the wider community. This occupation requires high levels of personal commitment and interest as well as, or in place of, formal qualifications or experience. Registration or licensing may be required.
Training time 1 year
Average pay $31,668
Employment prospects Strong
Employment size 5,700

What does a Minister of Religion do?

  • preparing and conducting services of public worship and acknowledgments of faith
  • preparing and delivering sermons, homilies and special talks, and planning music for services
  • participating in the social and welfare activities of communities, encouraging people to be aware of their responsibilities, and organising participation in community projects
  • conducting classes of religious instruction, and supervising prayer and discussion groups, retreats and seminars
  • conducting premarital and family counselling and referring people to professional service agencies where necessary
  • performing marriages, funerals and special memorial services according to tradition and ecclesiastical and civil law
  • visiting members of the community in their homes, hospitals and other institutions to provide advice and religious comfort


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Related courses

Government-subsidised training is marked with this symbol
Certificate III in Christian Ministry and Theology
Certificate IV in Christian Ministry and Theology
Diploma of Christian Ministry and Theology
Advanced Diploma of Christian Ministry and Theology
Graduate Certificate in Christian Ministry and Theology