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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