While Methodist ministers don't ride church circuits on horseback any longer, their ultimate goal hasn't changed. They share their faith with their parishioners and with those who need hope. From the first, Methodist pastors' concern was not only for a personal relationship with God, but also for those less fortunate. A Methodist pastor's duties include preaching, teaching and reaching out.
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Sharing the Word
A pastor's duties include preaching and sharing the biblical message of hope, salvation and peace with the congregation. A Methodist minister spends much time studying and preparing sermons for Sunday services. These sermons not only share the biblical message but also practical ways to live out one's faith in everyday life. A Methodist minister's duties include encouraging, challenging and inspiring through the sermons.
The duties of a Methodist minister involves administering sacraments such as Communion and Baptism. Methodist ministers comfort the hurting and grieving and counsel those considering marriage. They also officiate at weddings and funerals.
Prayer & Study
A key element of a Methodist minister's duties is to regularly study Scripture for enlightenment and a deeper understanding of faith. Along with regular and methodical study, a Methodist minister's duties include regular prayer and showing others how to study Scripture and pray.
A Methodist minister also builds leaders to serve others. Sunday sermons are only part of building church leaders. Classes, whether on Sunday or at other times, prepare adults in the congregation for leadership. This might involve teacher training, joining the church and leadership-development classes.
Teaching confirmation is another duty of a Methodist minister. Confirmation is for those interested in taking their faith more seriously--usually middle-school students, though confirmation may be offered to older people as well. Confirmation takes participants through Scripture, Methodist history and doctrine. After a course of study, usually conducted by the Methodist minister, those who publicly affirm faith in Christ are confirmed.
Another important duty for a Methodist minister is visitation. During the week, the minister, either alone or with other church members, brings encouragement, a word of Scripture and prayer to those who are confined to the hospital. They may also visit those who are ill at home or the elderly not able to attend regular church services. Methodist ministers may also bring recordings of the preceding Sunday's sermons. A Methodist minister helps the congregation feel part of a caring community of believers.
From the beginning of the Methodist movement, started by John Wesley in the 1700s, Methodist ministers have shown concern for the poor and less fortunate. Methodist ministers may spearhead any number of outreaches, from caring directly for the needy to social activism.
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