Legacy of Clergymen: Thanking Ministers, Rabbis, and Pastors

Clergymen are important figures in all faiths

Clergymen are important figures in all faiths


When we think about church, most of us probably think of prayer, stained glass, and reverence. While these things are surely important to religion, we leave out a big, important part sometimes: clergymen.

A clergyman is an ordained member of a religious order; he is often in charge of assisting in the spiritual well-being of the congregation. These men are trained in a variety of rituals, depending on religious practices, and are often called to perform during main events. They are often present with congregation members through many stages of life.

Ministers, priests, rabbis, and other clergymen perform important functions at people’s births, marriages, and deaths. This means they literally can see you and your family through everything. They are always there for support and advice when you need it. Clergymen make themselves available through people’s hardships, whether they are personal or social.

Knowing that you have an experienced, sympathetic person to lean on and trust is important. A church community is a safe space for those in grief. Fellowship makes church feel like family, especially with a minister who guides members through difficulties.

Clergymen are shoulders to lean on. They are teachers, creating programs that educate others on being healing, comforting influences in life and death. Being a voice and guide to others who are experiencing grief and who want to learn is a significant position.

Last but not least, it is a clergyman’s job to motivate others. Being able to listen to people’s problems is one thing, but actively doing something to change someone’s current state is another. Clergymen often visit prisons, orphanages, and hospitals to help those who are discouraged to believe in a higher power. Holy men go out of their way to help others find the way, and I almost don’t think that there is anything more important than aiding others when they need it.

There are many important aspects to church, but there is a special place for clergymen who hold together and make themselves available in the most important times of someone’s life.

It takes a special person to be a clergyman. It requires a call to serve others. It requires dedication, education, and prayer. Not everyone can fulfill the duties of an ordained priest, minister, reverend, or pastor. But to those clergymen who do, we owe our thanks.

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About Liz Grear

Liz Greer, MFA, teaches creative writing, tutors students, and dabbles in ballroom dancing, book binding, paper making, and playing hopscotch between Chicago and New Jersey. She dreams of running a writing workshop in a prison, because she believes words can change things. Maybe not all things. But enough things.

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