Religious Assistants support Ministers of Religion or religious communities in performing a variety of religious functions associated with the practise of a religion, including worship, spiritual guidance, and pastoral care and teaching.
- conducts services of worship and acknowledgment of faith
- delivers sermons, homilies, special talks, and plans music for services
- participates in activities of communities, encourages people to be aware of their responsibilities, and organises community projects
- conducts classes of religious instruction, and supervises prayer and discussion groups, retreats and seminars
- conducts premarital and family counselling and refers people to professional service agencies where necessary
- assists with performance of marriages, funerals and special memorial services according to tradition and ecclesiastical and civil law
- visits members of the community in their homes, hospitals and other institutions to provide advice and religious comfort
- keeps records as required by the church and civil law.