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Some ministers preach. Other ministers are members of a government (AmE: executive branch). From the COED: http://www.askoxford.com/concise oed/minister?view=uk noun 1 ... state or sovereign in a foreign country. 3 a member of the clergy, especially in the Presbyterian and Nonconformist Churches.

Do people really belong to nonconformist churches? What do they say? Oh, yes, I'm a member of the First Nonconformist Church of Squigley. Why don't you come some time?
If later they start to conform, do they have to leave?
4 archaic, a person or thing used to achieve or convey something: ministers of death. verb 1 (minister to) attend ... a servant of the Monarch, President or People (depending on the system of government). Peter Duncanson, UK (in alt.english.usage)

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