What Are the Duties of Ordained Ministers?

by Karen Hollowell
Larger churches often need someone to coordinate resources, facilities, schedules and communications.

Larger churches often need someone to coordinate resources, facilities, schedules and communications.

The duties of an ordained minister vary by denomination and church, with some having official policies and others assigning duties as new ministers come into their service. The following are a list of general duties performed by most ordained ministers.

Pastor

The main duty of a minister is to deliver sermons to the congregation on a weekly basis. Through the sermons, pastors teach, encourage, exhort and admonish in order to edify the believers personally and the church corporately.

Counselor

Ministers often are counselors to the hurting and mourning members of the church. They offer comfort in times of stress or crises or act as long-term counselors to resolve issues. This counseling duty involves the same level of confidentiality that licensed psychologists or therapists share with their patients.

Ceremonial Minister

An ordained minister can perform specific ceremonies for their church members or others who seek such services. These include weddings, funerals, and the administration of communion which cannot be performed by lay persons like the Deacons or Elders of the church.

Teacher

An ordained minister is a teacher of scripture and church beliefs. This teaching is done through the sermons that are preached and Bible study classes that are held on a periodic basis. Teaching certification is not a necessity. It is an implicit duty as part of being the pastor.

Leader

An ordained minister is the leader of the congregation. She leads worship services and coordinates with other staff to ensure the smooth flow of the services each week. The pastor is also the moderator during church business meetings and acts as an intercessor to resolve conflicts that may arise among the members.

About the Author

Karen Hollowell has been teaching since 1994. She has taught English/literature and social studies in grades 7-12 and taught kindergarten for nine years. She currently teaches fourth grade reading/language and social studies. Hollowell earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Mississippi and her Master of Arts in elementary education from Alcorn State University.

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