(Closed) OMG How do you address a D.Min.?

posted 9 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
1091 posts
Bumble bee
  • 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
497 posts
Helper bee

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
59 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

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
193 posts
Blushing bee

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
677 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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
796 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

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".

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