Ordination Titles | granted by World Christianship Ministries | Can I
pick my own ordination title | Reverend | Minister | Pastor |
Evangelist | Chaplain | Bishop | Officiant | Apostle | Preacher |
Prophet | Elder | Deacon | Explanation of the meaning of Christian
This page will help you to decide on the title you wish to have
you are ordained by World Christianship Ministries. When we provide you
with Christian ordination we ordain your name and not the title.
Therefore you can change titles at any time in the future without
affecting your ordination.
The Titles Explained
These two Christian titles are what we
refer to as our general
titles. This means that they can apply to almost all types of
Christian work, from pastoring a church to having a wedding ministry or
being a marriage officiant, Christian relief work, hospital and
convalescent home work, just about any type of Christian work you can
think of. For this reason the Minister and Reverend titles are
the most popular.
The Pastor title is also a rather
general title but leans a little more
towards actually having a church. This does not mean you must
have a formal church building before using the title. It can mean
that you are holding services in your home (if zoning regulations in
your town or city permit it), or that you plan on having a church in
the future. Also, as with the Reverend and Minister titles, you
can use the Pastor title as a general title also. If you are
comfortable with the Pastor title then you should certainly use
The title of Assistant Pastor is for someone under the authority of
another Pastor or Minister.
The Evangelist title is more
specific. If you choose this title
you feel more of a need to be on the move, maybe from church to church,
ministry to ministry, wherever your Christian talents are
welcome. You may also feel a need to participate in revival
services and such.
The Chaplain generally likes working
in some type of institutional
environment. You might feel comfortable with veterans
organizations, hospitals, nursing or convalescent homes (although
Reverend, Minister and Pastor are also fine there), penal facilities,
rescue missions and such.
The titles Apostle or Prophet
generally are chosen by an individual
that wishes a more direct connection to the original Apostles and
Prophets in the Bible. These titles inspire confidence and
generally are used by one who is in some type of authority in the
church or ministry. As with the Evangelist, the Apostle or
Prophet may also like moving around more from church to church or
ministry to ministry, and possibly might like to work on the
The Missionary is also one who likes
to move around, inside and outside
the country, and to areas of the world that may not have heard much
about the saving Grace of Jesus. This individual might also be
found in depressed areas of the city and countryside in his or
her own country where poverty, and hopelessness need to be touched by
Generally a person who chooses the
Elder or Deacon title feels
more comfortable working under another minister. However, the
Elder or Deacon may be ordained also in order to carry out the
full range of ministerial duties.
Parson and Circuit Preacher
The title Preacher is a throwback to
the 1800's and early to mid
1900's. This title is more likely to be used in the
country, hills or mountains in smaller, more rural,
communities. The title of Parson is similar to that of
Preacher. The title Circuit Preacher is a person, like the
evangelist, who likes being on the move.
The Bishop title is somewhat
misunderstood. Generally the person
who picks this title, when being ordained, feels that they will be
bringing other people into their church or ministry and wish this title
in order to show their leadership position.
The title music minister speaks for
itself. This is a musical
person who spreads the Gospel by their musical talents. If this
is your main endeavor then this is a good title for you.
Arch Deacon or
These titles above are more for the Catholic
faith, or similar orders,
and we do not recommend them for the individuals we ordain as
independent Christian clergy.
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