Spiritualist Ministers are registered as marriage celebrants with the Department of Internal Affairs and are able to carry out weddings, funerals, naming ceremonies, house blessings, and clearings.
They are also available to provide spiritual support and guidance.
In spiritualist churches the role of the minister is to:
- provide pastoral care for the congregation
- maintain an environment in the church community that supports spiritual advancement
- uphold/advance/promote the philosophy and Principles of Spiritualism
Specific functions of a minister include:
- officiating at weddings
- conducting ceremonies for naming services, funerals, blessings and renewal of marriage vows
- comforting people who are ill, dying or bereaved
- holding in confidence all privileged communication
- maintaining up to date knowledge about appropriate community support services (eg mental health services) and referring persons to specialist services as necessary.
For an insight into being a Spiritualist Minister, read this article by Michael Steffensen, the Minister at Petone Spiritualist Church.
Registered Spiritualist Ministers
- Alethea Wilkin, Hastings – firstname.lastname@example.org, 027 326 3206
- Bev Bailey, Napier – email@example.com, 021 116 9613
- Rev Carolyn Wahanui, Morrinsville – firstname.lastname@example.org, 027 476 5778
- Dianne Conroy, Kapiti – email@example.com, 027 254 9694
- Janet Arthur, Christchurch – firstname.lastname@example.org, 0274 153 775
- Lee Hemming, Rotorua – email@example.com, 027 448 8048
- Matthew Todd, Auckland – firstname.lastname@example.org, 021 173 6344
- Michael Steffensen, Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt – email@example.com, 021 0668 956
- Rev Sharon Jose, Morrinsville – firstname.lastname@example.org, 027 292 0650
- Susan Kirker, Auckland – email@example.com, 021 285 3396
- Tonni Pedersen, Hastings – firstname.lastname@example.org, 027 3074809