This week on Ask a Teacher, we answer a question from Ichiro in Japan. He writes: Dear VOA, Japanese people don't understand Christian religious terms such as "religious leaders" "clergy" and "clergymen." What are the differences? Hi Ichiro. The terms "clergy" and "clergymen" are general and can describe any official leaders within established religions. "Clergymen" is plural and used when the leaders are men. "Clergywomen" is the plural form for women. Within Christianity, there are several terms for the leadership roles. Many are less commonly known, even by some Christians.