This term means an occupation that meets all of the following obligations – as part of the religious denomination’s standards:
- “Must primarily relate to a traditional religious function and be recognized as a religious occupation within the denomination”
- “Must be primarily related to, and must clearly involve, inculcating or carrying out the religious creed and beliefs of the denomination”
The duties shouldn’t include work which is mainly administrative or supportive – such as a janitor, maintenance worker, clerical job, fund-raiser, persons “solely involved in the solicitation of donations” or similar jobs. Some administrative work may be acceptable if it’s incident to a religious occupation.
While religious workers can pursue study or training incidental to their job – study or training does not directly qualify the work as a religious occupation.