Hi all! I am ordained as a ministry associate, church planting with my husband in Grand Rapids, MI.
Here is a basic question for you:
What do people call you? Reverend? Pastor? Ministry Associate?
My husband and I recently preached at a local supporting church. In the announcement he was listed as Rev., and I was listed as Pastor.
The banner recently wrote an article about someone and designated them as Ministry Associate (name).
My church calls both my husband and I "pastor."
From my understanding, the denomination is trying to raise the level of ministry associate to be more equal with those ordained as Minister of Word and Sacrament, but it is often in our naming of things that we create divisions.