Minister of Religion

Ministers of religion, or clergymen, attend to the spiritual and moral needs of a church congregation.

Clergymen deliver sermons; lead services of worship; administer sacraments; conduct weddings, funerals and other religious ceremonies; provide instruction to individuals interested in joining the church; counsel those seeking guidance; visit the sick, elderly, handicapped and bereaved.

Ministers of religion may be engaged in community, civic, educational and recreational activities sponsored by or related to the church. They also have administrative duties such as writing testimonials for members of their congregation. Some are ex-officio members of clerical bodies which manage the joint activities of the church.

They work in a variety of settings: in their churches and living quarters, in the homes of congregation members, as well as in hospitals, nursing homes, community meeting rooms, schools and religious institutions.


  • individual congregations

  • chaplains for hospitals, prisons, police and the armed forces

  • religious institutions

  • universities

Getting Started

  • become involved in church service groups and volunteer to visit the ill, the elderly and the handicapped

  • do volunteer work in hospitals, nursing homes and at other medical institutions

  • speak to a religious leader and work with that person to get to know what the work entails


Adventist University of Central Africa, Africa University, African Christian University, African International University, All Nations University College, Alliance International University, Baptist Theological College of Southern Africa, Bishop Stuart Universities, Busoga University, Cape Town Baptist Seminary, Catholic Institute of Business and Technology, Catholic University of Eastern African, Catholic University of Rwanda, Christ Baptist Church Seminary, Christian Service University College, College of Intergrated Healthcare, Cornerstone Institute, Daystar University, Dominion University College, Evangelical University, Fountainhead Christian College, George Whitefield College NPC, Ghana Baptist University College, Great Zimbabwe University, Hebron Theological College NPC, Helderberg College NPC, International College of Bible and Missions NPC, International Leadership University, Justo Mwale, Kag-East University, Karatina University, Kayiwa International University, Kenya Highlands Evangelical University, Kenya Methodist University, Kenyatta University, Kibabii University, Kibogora Polytechnic, Kwame Nkrumah University, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology, Machakos University College, Maseno University, Methodist University College Ghana, Moi University, Mukhanyo Theological College, Namibia Evangelical Theological Seminary (NETS), National University of Lesotho, Nazarene Theological College, North-West University, Open University of Tanzania, Pan Africa Christian University, Pentecost University College, Presbyterian University of East Africa, Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences, Pwani University College, Regent University College of Science & Technology, Rongo University College, Rusangu University, Scott Christian University, Seth Mokitimi Methodist Seminary NPC, Solusi University, South African Theological Seminary, Southern Africa Bible College, St John Vianney Seminary, St Paul's University, St. Augustine College of South Africa, St. Augustine University of Tanzania, St. Charles Lwanga Major Seminary, Tangaza University College, Technical University of Mombasa, Theological Education by Extension College, Trinity University, Tumaini University Makumira, Uganda Baptist Seminary, Uganda Christian University, University of Botswana, University of Cape Coast, University of Eastern Africa Baraton, University of Fort Hare, University of Ghana, University of Iringa, University of Kisubi, University of KwaZulu-Natal, University of Malawi (Chancellor College), University of Nairobi, University of Namibia, University of Pretoria, University of Stellenbosch, University of Swaziland, University of the Free State, University of the Western Cape, Valley View University, Zimbabwe Open University

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