Definition of reverend
1: worthy of reverence : revered
As far as I can remember, I’ve only used the title Reverend of myself one time. It was at a funeral home visitation and that was how I signed my name in the guest book: Rev. Eric Douglas.
I’ve not done it since and I don’t plan to ever do it again. You see, I’m no reverend. There is nothing about me that is worthy to be revered. And that’s ok with me.
Pastors or other ministers who prefer this title of Reverend may have never stopped to consider its origins. Pastor or minister seem to have biblical warrant for their usage though not necessarily as titles. Both are descriptions for the function or action one has in his work among the church.
Ephesians 4:11 gives the only genuine usage of pastor in all the Bible. Here, it is not a title but a job description, “And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers.”
Minister isn’t used nearly as much as one would expect. However, Paul does use it a few times such as in Ephesians 3:7, “…of which I was made a minister, according to the gift of God’s grace which was given to me according to the working of His power.” Yet when we realize that minister simply means servant, we understand that there is no honor of distinction in being called one. To function as a minister is simply to do and live as any Christian should; serving Christ and His church. (more…)