My reply, “Call me Peter!”
It is very tempting – as a member of the ‘Church Hierarchy’ – to get a bit carried away with Clerical Titles, to such an extent that the title ITSELF defines WHO a person is !
I remind myself ( as I flick through any given list of Clerics, from ‘The Right Reverends’ to ‘The Most Reverends’) that I am called to SERVE the People of God, not the other way round. Therefore, any so-called Clerical Title should reflect the ‘servant’ model of Christian Leadership.
True, there is a need to refer to certain personages by their correct and proper ‘title’- out of a sense of respect for the OFFICE. However, I should never forget that it is JESUS, the One who came to SERVE and NOT BE SERVED, who gives the accolade – the CROSS !