What does a Pastor do?

A pastor is a leader responsible for shaping the vision and direction of their religious organization. Some of the duties for this position include providing religious support to congregants by way of counseling or taking on an advisory role. Pastors may be involved in the hiring process of new staff as well as the negotiations of business deals for the church or managing investments made by patrons.

A bachelor's degree in religious studies, worship leading or a related field is required for the position of as a pastor with a master's degree preferred. Proven experience of at least 5 years is needed and the pastor must be ordained in their faith before being able to practice. Continual ongoing professional development is required to maintain a strong and current understanding of the faith. Exceptional presentation and problem-solving skills are necessary as well as the physical ability to stand for long hours at a time to deliver speeches and sermons.

  • Prepare and deliver weekly sermons
  • Host special events and guests as required
  • Maintain a strong professional image reflective of the church mission
  • Conduct personal and premarital counseling services
  • Work with church boards and advisory councils to determine the direction of the organization
  • Implement programs and events in alignment with the church's mission
  • Carry out community support initiatives such as trips and activities
  • Negotiate business deals for the benefit of the church
  • Minimum 5 years of experience as a pastor
  • Must be ordained in their faith
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Exceptional problem solving and conflict resolution skills
  • Strong speaking and presentation skills
  • Good active listening and willingness to help
  • Service-oriented with genuine care for the wellbeing of people
  • Excellent social perceptiveness and engagement
  • Ability to stand for long hours at a time

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
28%
2 - 4
33%
5 - 7
5%
8+
34%

Common Skill Sets

Associate of Science
Excellent Communication
Leadership
Public Speaking
Written Communication
Jewish
Microsoft Office Suite
Writing

Pastor Seniority Levels

Associate
9% made the transition
Team Manager
13% made the transition
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Pastor Salaries

Average Base Pay

$61,199 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$38K
Median: $61K
$99K
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