A pastoral minister looks into the needs of the ministry or the religious congregation for which they work. In their most basic context, pastoral ministers spend time in preparing sermons and they study holy texts, such as the bible and also texts on biblical geography. Pastoral ministers can be called to give marriage seminars and also prepare a curriculum for Sunday school teachings.
As part of the role of being a pastoral minister, the minister offers pastoral counseling, which gives an understanding of life and also religious faith. The essence of pastoral counseling is using both psychological and theological resources for the purpose of deepening the understanding of pastoral relationships. It originated in North America in the early part of the 20th century as different religious organizations sought to bring in elements from psychology and social work into clergy training.
A pastoral minister works in a manner that is similar to that of a senior pastor. It is vital for a pastoral minister to have spiritual goals, leadership qualities and decision-making skills to carry out their activities. Pastoral ministers officiate at weddings, and also offer sacraments during worship services. In a large church, there would be more than one pastoral minister and the minister is available for work 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In addition to their normal duties, they might have to attend budget meetings, fill out reports and coordinate with other church departments, if the need arises.
Various roles of a pastoral minister is inclusive of activities such as attending budget meetings, conducting prayer services, mentoring junior staff members, and also involving in baptisms. It is vital for a pastoral minister to have a Bachelors Degree in Divinity or Pastoral Studies. However, just a degree is no enough for certain denominations as in such situations, it would be necessary for the pastoral minister to also have a Masters Level Degree.