Saturday, August 3, 2013

"IS EVERY PASTOR A REVEREND?"



I have explained this and will do it again for the last time. There is nothing like reverend emeritus. The title of reverend is obtained only by two ways: longevity of service or education. If you serve the mission for a given number of years, doing the things that the mission deems you qualified to obtain the title, then they can give you the title. Sometimes, one year is good enough. The other means is by going to school and obtaining a Masters in Divinity. Whether you are a pastor or not, you can be a reverend. I will explain the difference between the pastor and the reverend.
A reverend does not necessary have a church. There are many Reverends who are only teaching in bible colleges or are street preachers. It is usually out of ignorance when people say, “you are a Rev without a church."
On the other hand, there are two types of pastors. One is by virtue of leading a physical church, and the other is by leading people. The first is a position and the second is a gift. The second type are gifted with pastorate (Eph 4:11). There are some people in a church who are not the leaders of that particular church, but they are the ones watching over the flock with gifts in visits, teachings, exhortations, compassion and many others.
Now let us apply it. If someone led a church in Bambui; therefore, he was a pastor. When he left the church, he could no more be called a pastor. However, if he is doing pastoral work in any other capacity, he can be called a pastor. If he was ordained during his pastoral work ,we are now faced with another scenario.
Take note that ordination is for life. Once ordained, you are ordained for life. He was ordained as a pastor; thus, acquiring the title of a reverend. Whether he is working in the church or out of the church or leaves the ministry but still wants to keep his title, it was not an ephemeral title.
If someone was once ordained in the Presbyterian Church of Cameroon (PCC), that ordination cannot be withdrawn after he leaves or left the PCC. However, his pastorate could be seized if he is sacked or quits because the pastorate is an office; meanwhile reverend is a title and status acquired. He can be called Rev but not pastor. 
Pastor is when you have a church you lead; physical or by proxy. If a pastor was fired from the PCC, the PCC can refrain from calling him pastor, but they cannot refrain or prevent anyone from calling him Reverend. Perhaps he had his Masters in divinity before joining their mission, so they don't have any right to take it away. While there are some earthly titles that can cease or be withdrawn by those who conferred them upon an individual, the title of Reverend and many church titles are for life!
 If someone is defrocked, they mean that the person can no more serve the church. The use of the word defrocked is insolence towards a minister to show the position of the church against a said minister who is still in ministry. The PCC, Anglican Mission and Catholic Church used the word to show the current status of a given minister to wade their parishioners away from them. Nevertheless, note that they mostly used the "defrocked pastor or priest" but not defrocked reverend because no one can defrocked the reverend. When the title of reverend is issued to anyone, it is a confirmation and testament by human beings of his or her calling. When God calls you and gives you gifts, he does not repent in his calling, so no mortal or mission can take it away.
If a man became a doctor and later stopped practicing, would he be called a doctor or they will stop calling him doctor when he stops to practice? If a man was a lawyer and he stopped to practice, does he lose the lawyer or Maitre title or it continues with him? Perhaps these two questions may draw your attention to how the Protestants bequeath the title of reverend.
Do you remember the situation of Paul before the visiting high priest? When he severely rebuked the high priest, Ananias (the visiting high priest) asked that he should be smacked on the mouth. Paul unaware he was the high priest became insolent. The people reminded him, and he apologized (Acts 23:5). He said, “I did not know he was the high priest." You and I must give honor to whom honor is due, whether we agree with him/her or not. It is not facultative; it is an obligation in etiquettes. You might either avoid them or retaliate, but it does not take away that position of their calling.
Whether a cardinal resigns or not, he will die with the title. Once the church certification is acquired, it is for life. There are some pastors who may die without ever acquiring the title “reverend" because it was never ever given to them either by longevity of the services or education. That is why some people are merely called pastor this; meanwhile, others are called Rev Pastor so and so. Or at times you can hear, I want to introduce the pastor of the church, rev so and so. Notwithstanding, if a pastor is defrocked, one can now say the ex-pastor or merely reverend if he obtained the reverence while a pastor.
Therefore, please desist from making a mockery of yourself with your insolence in your address of anyone as defrocked. He might have been defrocked from the PCC, but he is still preaching and ministering with other missions.

 Until then, give honor to whom honor is due.


St Arrey of Ntenako
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