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Church Leaders

What is it like to lead a Christian community?

The leaders of local churches are know by lots of different names: ‘Clergy’, ‘Vicar’, ‘Priest’, ‘Pastor’, ‘Minister’ and many other titles. The titles used generally depend on the denomination of the church and the responsibilities of the leader.

Learn about the church leaders in different denominations by watching the films on this page.

What do they have in common?

What makes them different?

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