Roles and Functions
Role and Functions
In spiritualist churches the role of the minister is to:
- provide pastoral care for the congregation and anyone else, whenever needed
- promote an environment that supports spiritual advancement for all is members
- uphold/advance/promote the religion/philosophy/Principles of Spiritualism
- respect the committee and its functions, allowing committee members to administer the smooth running of the church.
Specific functions of a minister include:
- officiating at weddings
- conducting ceremonies for naming services, funerals, and blessings
- comforting the dying and the bereaved
- holding in confidence all privileged communication
- being aware of and referring persons to specialist services as necessary.
It is up to each church committee to decide whether they need a minister, and the qualities and experience they want such a person to possess. When considering such a matter, it is important to bear in mind that ministers need a wide variety of skills and life experience, and most important, a well-developed connection to Spirit, common sense and a good ear. Often, being an effective minister is more about listening than talking. The minister’s role can be a 24/7 calling so they also need to be able to manage their time appropriately.
For ministers to officiate at a wedding, they need to also be registered as a marriage celebrant with the Department of Internal Affairs. Information about how to become an organisational celebrant can be found here
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