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Subject: Religion designations or degrees?
Date: Mon, 21 Feb 2000 06:41:05 -0600 (CST)
> Hi Rooters:
> I'm hoping some of you know what the designation M.G. stands for after
> a ministers name. One minister spelled it out as "minister of God",
> but that doesn't tell me what the denomination would be. The time
> frame is 1800-? in MO. I asked the minister at my church if he knew,
> but he didn't have a clue.
> I know there must be a reference book or ? somewhere that will identify
> these initials placed after the various minister's names. Hoping you
> can help me out, thanks in advance.
Minister of the Gospel. No particular denomination. The only place
I've seen it used is in the civil marriage records. Perhaps the civil
authorities didn't want to keep track of the various titles used by
different denominations. Every preacher to whom they gave the power
to marry was simple designated a "Minister of the Gospel", a fairly
neutral term. I've seen it used for Baptist, Methodist, and Presbyterian
preachers of all flavors.