Both reverends and pastors are spiritual leaders in their religious communities. They are expected to set a good example for their followers and lead them in living life based on the teachings of their religion. These leaders are also tasked to help the needy and less fortunate.
A pastor is an ordained minister in charge of a specific church and its congregation. They are responsible for leading services and giving sermons. They can serve as the head of a denomination or a non-denominational church that is not a part of a mainline Christian denomination, such as Catholic, Baptist, Lutheran, or Methodist churches.
Pastors must have a master’s degree in Divinity or a related field, and be ordained by their church. A reverend, on the other hand, does not have to have any formal education or ordination.
A pastor typically wears a uniform that includes the church’s colors and symbols. He or she may also wear a clergy robe. The style of dress varies from church to church, depending on the denomination and Christian tradition.
In the United States, priests presiding over multiple congregations or church councils are known as a pastor. In other parts of the world, they are referred to as a priest or prelate. For male priests, the title father is often used.