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Is it proper to call a preacher man Father?


My congregation has been calling me "Teacher" lately and it is unsettling. I do teach. But I am uncomfortable being called what they called the "Teacher". I think it would be weird to be called Father. Maybe I am just silly. What say you?

 

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    Eric Dierker (Ericdierker) 4 years ago

    That is kind of my take. I work with younger ones, from a very respectful culture. Also the use surnames and family names differently. And Dr. Dierker sounds weird. I think we will settle on Preacher. (it also has that fun ring of snake oil sales ;-)


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    Eric Dierker (Ericdierker) 4 years ago

    Excellent literal comment. Thank you.


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    Eric Dierker (Ericdierker) 3 years ago

    I get you point PattyJane and I am coming to the point of deciding that there are many views all valid -- and you pinned down, "don't call yourself teacher". Everybody welcome Patty at http://hubpages.com/@pattyjane she is a great writer.


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    Eric Dierker (Ericdierker) 4 years ago

    I think that is fairly normal. But is it right?


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    Eric Dierker (Ericdierker) 3 years ago

    I hope through this question we are all getting the heart of the matter. If in anyone's heart they by using a title they are elevating either themselves or another that is bad. If we know the difference that God is the ultimate source. That's it.


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    Eric Dierker (Ericdierker) 4 years ago

    I like that perspective, thank you.


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    Eric Dierker (Ericdierker) 4 years ago

    There is nothing to disagree with there. My kids call me and I called my Dad, Dad. Man's custom seems to have moved away from that strictness. I do not judge that. But we should at least remember it. I do not think we should close schools though.


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    charlie (celafoe) 3 years ago

    the only title is brother. pastor is not a title but a ministry that elders are to perform. Those that call themselves pastor or reverend do not understand scripture as Jesus says there is NOT to be .clergy/laity division in His church


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