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Real Meaning of Reverend

Many ministers are referred to as 'the' Reverend...., but what do the titles Very Reverend, Most Reverend, Right Reverend etc. actually mean? It all sounds very pompous.

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Once while witnessing to a man he informed me that he was Head Elder. Whereupon I informed him that that's okay, The Lord understands and wants him to become a born-again Christian, whereupon he did, praise the Lord.
---Mima on 4/11/08


when you revere someone or something you have respect,awe,admiration for it or them.As in revering Gods word,
---tom2 on 4/11/08


Sounds very Pompous to me too. I think when they gave themselves these titles they didn't have the Kingdom in mind. There focus was on their social appearence.
---Marcia on 8/22/07


According to an old edicate book as an ordanied minister I am formally addressed as "The Mister, Reverend..." However, most people call me Pastor. I prefer what my mother calls me, Gilbert.
---Gilbert on 8/22/07


The title of reverend should not even be used to describe a man. Man has always exalted himself. The Master (Jesus) has come to show us the way. That is the only thing that is important. He is to be Revered.
---GailW. on 5/8/07




The title reverend means absolutely nothing to the Lord. He is to be revered. He must increase, while we decrease.
---Thomas on 5/7/07


Not pompous, they are used to indicate the level of "seniority" within the denomination concerned. But they are not intended to show the degree of reverendness.
in other churches, the terms Pastor, and Senior Pastor may be used, which is similar.
---alan_do8869_of_UK on 5/7/07


Generally speaking, "Very Rev" is used for deans and presbyters in especially responsible positions.

"Right Rev" is for Bishops and Abbots.

"Most Rev" is for archbishops (except in Rome where all bishops are Most Rev.)
---Jack on 5/28/06


The KJV rendered a Psalm verse as "holy and reverend is [God's] name."

It doesn't mean that "reverend" is a proper name or synonym for YHVH, though.

It's an adjective, not a title. And it should never be used with just the surname (e.g., "Reverend Smith"). Compare this with the proper use of "honorable."

Of course, in our egalitarian society, titles of respect and honorific adjectives sound pompous, but in some societies, this is the norm.
---Jack on 5/28/06


In the UK, the basic on the ground parish priest will be addressed Reverend (as will nonconformist ... that is not Church of England) clergy. A Bishop will be addressed as something a bit higher, and Archbishops higher still.
I think the terms are used more in the RC church, and there of course at the top. the Pope is called "His Holiness"
---alan_do8869_of_UK on 5/28/06




My uncle always had a thing about people calling themselves Reverend and claims the name to represent God, What is in a name? The titles suggests positions according to different denominations. Bishop and Decons amongst many other titles are the only known names I have read that identifies positions for serving are Bishop/Decon which are male orientated. To serve without a title as woman suggests humility and meekness of spirit. But today titles suggests importants.
---Carla5754 on 5/28/06




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