Post # 1
I have never been a church go-er and I have no clue how to address an authority of the church.
Our officiant is a Doctor of Ministry and he doesn’t work for a church (he is the Chaplain for a local company)–what do I call him on the programs, his invitation, place card for the reception, etc.??
Worst case scenario I will ask him what he prefers…
(I would just rather not have to ask! )
Post # 3
- Wedding: August 2018 - Oakland Manor
Wikipedia is completely unhelpful http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doctor_of_Ministry le sigh. Do you have a meeting with him in his office? You could check his walls? Did he introduce himself to you with a title? I don’t think it would be too embarrassing to ask him, you could just say you’re creating the program and want to be sure you address him properly and with the utmost respect. 🙂 good luck!
Post # 4
The question isn’t if he is currently working for a church, but rather if he has been ordained. If yes, than he would be Reverend Lastname…or Pastor Lastname…if he isn’t than he wouldn’t have the title…but I would be safe and go ahead and ask him.
Post # 5
S/he might go by "rev. x" or "pastor x", but "formally"–like, Emily Post formal–a D. Min is a Dr. If s/he is also ordained in a tradition that uses "reverend", the most correct (again, Emily Post correct!) would be "The Rev. Dr. NN"–for any situation where you would call someone else Mr. or Dr. (in writing, at least).
But you can always ask! I know several D. Mins who usually goes by their first names.
Post # 6
In my experience the Drs. of Ministry I’ve known have gone by "Reverend", but definitely ask! He or she may have a different preference than is standard (although I have a sneaking suspicion that they’d forgive you anyway).
Post # 7
It’s probably best to just ask how he prefers being addressed. Personally I prefer just going by my name but I am a Rev. Dr. – or to be fully formal – The Revererend Doctor Serya Thus-n-Such. It can get rather confusing!
Post # 8
I think your best bet is to just call and say "hey, we’re working on the programs and want to know how you’d like your name and title to appear".