Profession pastoral worker
Pastoral workers support religious communities. They provide spiritual education and guidance and implement programmes such as charity works and religious rites. Pastoral workers also assist ministers and help participants in the religious community with social, cultural or emotional problems.
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Related professions clergy
- Priest, minister, imam
- Religious activities centre manager
- Religious professional, all other
- Religious worker
- Perform religious ceremonies
Perform the ritual acts and apply the traditional religious texts during ceremonial events, such as funerals, confirmation, baptism, birth rites and other religious ceremonies.
- Build community relations
Establish affectionate and long-lasting relationships with local communities, e.g. by organising special programms for kindergarden, schools and for dissabled and older people, raising awareness and receiving community appreciation in return.
- Mentor individuals
Mentor individuals by providing emotional support, sharing experiences and giving advice to the individual to help them in their personal development, as well as adapting the support to the specific needs of the individual and heeding their requests and expectations.
- Observe confidentiality
Observe the set of rules establishing the nondisclosure of information except to another authorised person.
- Respond to enquiries
Respond to enquiries and requests for information from other organisations and members of the public.
- Establish collaborative relations
Establish a connection between organisations or individuals which may benefit from communicating with one another in order to facilitate an enduring positive collaborative relationship between both parties.
- Provide spiritual counselling
Assist individuals and groups seeking guidance in their religious convictions, or support in their spiritual experience, so that they are affirmed and confident in their faith.
- Promote religious activities
Promote events, attendance to religious services and ceremonies, and the participation in religious traditions and festivities in a community in order to enhance the role religion plays in that community.
- Provide charity services
Provide services for charity causes, or perform an independent activity related to community service, such as providing food and shelter, performing fundraising activities for charitable causes, gathering support for charity, and other charitable services.
Optional knowledge and skillsinterpret religious texts manage fundraising activities teach religious texts write work-related reports prepare religious services coordinate charity services conduct educational activities show empathy plan youth programmes manage administrative systems psychological counselling methods crisis intervention manage staff perform fundraising activities develop educational resources show intercultural awareness perform ritual cleaning activities provide social counselling budgetary principles represent religious institution reinforce positive behaviour apply knowledge of human behaviour support volunteers manage volunteers
Source: Sisyphus ODB