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Becoming a pastor involves discussing one's intentions with the pastor of the church where one would like to serve, as well as studying - not only via an approved Seminary program, but self-study of the Bible as well. Additionally, one must spend time serving in the chu...


Only certain denominations of Christianity allow pastors to get married while they are members of the clergy. There are a number of other denominations that allow married men to become pastors, but not to marry while active as pastors.


To become a Methodist pastor, you must first meet with your superintendent, qualify for candidacy, and be approved by the Board of Ordained Ministry. If you are in good health and approved by the clergy, you may then receive a license and a meeting with the Bishop.


Most religious denominations do require a college education. Some denominations require a graduate level degree in theology, while others require a simple, formal education.


Pastors must possess both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree, along with some prior experience as an associate pastor. Pastors are spiritual leaders who conduct sermons, lead congregations, organize religious services and counsel parishioners.


A lay pastor, or a lay minister, is someone who is not ordained but who tends to a Christian community for little or no money. This type of ministry is usually associated with non-Episcopal churches. Lay pastors do not have the same training or education as ordained min...


A pastor installation service is the ceremony that recognizes a minister as the new pastor of the church. The formal service is held within the church with the other members present.