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Recorded Minister

A Recorded Minister was originally a male or female Quaker who was acknowledged to have a gift of spoken ministry.

The practice of recording in a Monthly Meeting Minute the acknowledgment that a Friend had a gift of spoken ministry began in the 1730s in London Yearly Meeting, according to Milligan's Biographical dictionary of British Quakers in commerce and industry.[1][2] The acknowledgment did not involve anything like ordination or any payment, in view of early Friends' testimony against "Hireling Priests".[3] Acknowledgment did permit the Recorded Minister to attend at Yearly Meeting and Meeting for Sufferings.

In London Yearly Meeting the practice of recording Ministers was discontinued in 1924.[1][4]

While many Yearly Meetings have discontinued the practice of recording ministers, it is maintained by many others. Today, Friends are recorded as ministers as an acknowledgment of a variety of ministries, including teaching, chaplaincy, and evangelical and pastoral ministry [5][6][7][8]

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