How to address a letter to a pastor

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How to address a letter to a pastor
It is important to address a letter properly. (Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

When addressing a letter to a pastor, it is polite to begin it with "The Reverend." This is a title used to address a member of the clergy including pastors and priests. The title "The Reverend" is used to describe an individual and still must be used with a name. It is not proper to simply write the title without a name following. While addressing a letter to a pastor is done in the same format as most other letters, a couple of small changes must be made.

Skill level:
Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Begin the letter by completing the address line. This will be at the top-left of the letter. Start the letter by writing "The Reverend." Write his given name next to it. For example, you may write "The Reverend Stephen Smith."

  2. 2

    Write the church name on the line under the pastor's full name.

  3. 3

    Write out the address under the church name. This should be in the standard letter format. For example:

    4000 Street Name

    Town Name, TX 00000

  4. 4

    Begin the letter by writing "Dear Pastor," followed by his name.

  5. 5

    Finish the letter as you normally would.

Tips and warnings

  • If the pastor holds a doctorate degree, you will need to address the letter differently. Write "Dear Dr." then the pastor's surname.

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