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The Purpose of the Lay Person http: Krejcir First of all, Christianity is not a ranch where we hire hands to work the spread. Rather, Christianity is an action-driven adventure of faith, where we each help to build one another up and cooperatively do the work that Christ gives us.
Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need.
Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. Kennedy gave a speech early in his presidency that went something like this: This The role of lay people especially true in the liturgical churches.
There is the mindset that we have a hired a priest, pastor, or minister to do this or that, so we do not have to.
The typical "pew-sitter" sees their role as a spectator, so that actively engaging in the church is not deemed necessary. All that is needed is to throw a few bucks in the plate.
After all, someone else has been hired to do the ministry. I experienced this many times over the years in Youth Ministry. When I would try to recruit youth leaders, I would sometimes get the response, "I thought we paid you to do that.
First of all, Christianity is not a ranch where we hire hands to work the spread. Secondly, Christianity is not an individualistic organization; rather, we are a team, a "co-op.
But, this is how most Christians play out their faith and walk. It also seems that the age-old myths of division of work between clergy and the laity are confused, such as the thinking that the role of the clergy is to do the ministry, while the lay people help out if they can.
Or, the clergy takes care of the flock-period. Or even that ministry only takes place in the church by the clergy and not anywhere else by anyone else. We must have a proper understanding from Scripture of the role for the people of God, and the offices we occupy. Ministry takes place by all Christians, as we are all called to do it, and the ministry takes place wherever we the Christian might be-home, work when appropriateshopping, recreation, even at Taco Bell.
The Christian is to engage the world, not just sit in a pew expecting a hired hand to serve them like a lone Texas rancher. We are not to carry out ministry only if we get a paycheck; we are to accomplish ministry because this is what our Lord has called us to do.
We can only achieve this task with the understanding of what we are doing and why we are doing it. Because of the love we have received from Christ and the grace He has given us. We are to serve out of our gratitude and love, and let our faith and passion fuel our efforts so they do not become exercises of obligation only.
We need to understand our responsibility as believers. The great commission is not addressed to the clergy only; rather, it is addressed to the whole body of Christ. Gifts used to build one another up and to serve were not given to the clergy only.
Christianity is a cooperative effort, a unity and togetherness. When we function within these parameters and for one purpose, then the ministry will expand. We must be disciples who know how to use our gifts to better one another and in more contexts, and not expect someone else to do it.
Our question should be how can I be more effective, not how can the pastor be more effective? When we function as a body of Christ effectively, then we can break the bonds of dependency on professional ministers only.
As a pastor, I see my role as recruiting and training people to do primary care and ministry because I cannot do it all personally. In Youth Ministry, trained people are needed to help in various roles such as worship, personal contact, small group leaders, drivers, chaperones, and activity planners, etc.
The minister cannot be everywhere teaching all the small groups, but they can train other people to do it and be their coach.
Their role actually is to train and equip the lay person to do the bulk of the ministry.
The pastor is normally considered a performer of the sacraments of baptism, marriage, funerals, and pronouncement of the Word, and this is true. The minister is also a trainer of the lay people and an equipper, not a solo act.
They may need to perform the sacraments by themselves, but the rest of the church functions must be a cooperative effort. If it is not, the outcome is a dysfunctional church that is going nowhere.The roles of lay people and professionals in UK court cases High court judge In order to gain the role of High court judge, the person in question must be qualified as either a Barrister or solicitor and have gained legal experience for at least 7 years.
One of the least visible aspects of Pope Francis' reform consists of reevaluating the role of lay people. It's no small issue considering the clergy only make up. Lay people and their role in the English legal system Magistrates and juries Lay magistrates.
The UK has a rich and successful history of having lay people involved, as lay magistrates, in the judicial decision making of the courts.
Lay people and their role in the English legal system Magistrates and juries Lay magistrates. The UK has a rich and successful history of having lay people involved, as lay magistrates, in the judicial decision making of the courts.
I was bothered that we seem to hear little about the lay vocation. Mission of lay people. Interestingly, the Catholic Church has a great deal to say about lay people. Pope John Paul II emphasized the role of the laity in his apostolic letter, Novo Millennio Ineunte.
Evaluating the use of lay people, judges, and lawyers within the legal system There are different roles in the legal system. The difference between judges, juries and magistrates is that magistrates are people from the public that are unpaid, an unqualified volunteer and has had no legal training.