Clergy

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Also known as:  Cantor, Children's Pastor, College Chaplain, Hebrew Cantor, Hospital Chaplain, Imam, Minister, Parish Priest, Pastor, Priest

ABOUT CLERGY CAREERS

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Clergy are the spiritual and religious leaders of their faith. They lead their congregations in prayer and teach and interpret religious traditions. Clergy organize religious services and officiate at special ceremonies such as weddings, baptisms, bar mitzvahs, and funerals. They also visit the sick ...
and dying and counsel and comfort people with family problems. As leaders of their faith, clergy should inspire confidence while being sensitive to the needs of others.

Some clergy are administrators and may raise funds from their congregation to expand programs or build or repair a temple, church or school. The requirements for entering the clergy vary greatly but the overriding qualification is to have the "calling" for this special vocation, which is more a way of life than an occupation.

Working in the clergy places extraordinary demands on a person's time and energies. Clergy often work from early in the morning to late at night, and must be available at any hour to comfort the dying or help those in need. Most clergy are college graduates and have also completed a program of theological study.

Some religious sects do not allow women to become clergy or allow their clergy to marry. If you are seriously interested in the clergy as a vocation, you should speak with your religious leaders. For the select few who are willing to place the spiritual needs of their congregation ahead of any individual gain, the clergy offers a life of rich personal fulfillment.
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Conduct religious worship and perform other spiritual functions associated with beliefs and practices of religious faith or denomination. Provide spiritual and moral guidance and assistance to members.
Leadership
HIGH
Critical decision making
HIGH
Level of responsibilities
HIGH
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
LOW
Dealing and handling conflict
HIGH
Competition for this position
LOW
Communication with others
HIGH
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
HIGH
Comfort of the work setting
HIGH
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
LOW
Exposure to job hazards
LOW
Physical demands
LOW
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Participate in fundraising activities to support congregational activities or facilities.
Organize and engage in interfaith, community, civic, educational, and recreational activities sponsored by or related to their religion.
Refer people to community support services, psychologists, or doctors.
Conduct special ceremonies, such as weddings, funerals, or confirmations.
Respond to requests for assistance during emergencies or crises.
Prepare people for participation in religious ceremonies.
Perform administrative duties, such as overseeing building management, ordering supplies, contracting for services or repairs, or supervising the work of staff members or volunteers.
Instruct people who seek conversion to a particular faith.
Plan and lead religious education programs for their congregations.
Devise ways in which congregational membership can be expanded.
Train leaders of church, community, or youth groups.
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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
Developing Objectives and Strategies Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
Assisting and Caring for Others Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
Training and Teaching Others Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
Developing and Building Teams Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
Performing for or Working Directly with the Public Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
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English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Philosophy and Theology Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
Sociology and Anthropology Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
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Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
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Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
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