In most Protestant churches, a minister is a member of the ordained clergy who leads a congregation; such a person may also be called a Pastor, Preacher, or Elder. In many churches, ministers are required to be seminary-trained although some churches allow laymen to preach.
In the Catholic Church minister is not a title used by the ordained clergy (e.g. priests) nor is it a form of address for them, see Catholic minister.
See also: Political minister
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