Here is what we laypeople
need to ask of the parish:
By the mid to late 1980s, the leadership of the society was declaring publicly that the future of its mission activity rested with laypeople
Researching history, sacred scripture, Vatican II documents, papal encyclicals and bishops' letters as well as observations from laypeople
working in church ministry, Clark offers an engaging and thoughtful discussion of the role of lay ministers--past, present, and to come.
Flynn and Nienstedt see the flood of competent, professional laypeople
entering ministry at six times the trickle of candidates for ordination, according to statistics from the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate.
Alphen points out that for laypeople
, ongoing formation is not new, as it often occurs in the workplace.
From my observations, Hispanic laypeople
seem to be contributing a great deal.
I'm a little concerned that some of the newer priests are not educated enough about working with laypeople
and don't want to give authority to laypeople
as readily as the priests before them.
And then they provide laypeople
ample opportunities to become "co-responsible" for the life of the community.
Many of the great movements in the history of the church, like monasticism and the Franciscan movement, came from laypeople
who have built parishes from the ground up, who carry out many ministries within their churches, who desire a vibrant future in their local communities of faith will be encouraged and energized by this book.
It expects a continuing decline in church school enrollments, and a need to hire more laypeople
to balance a shortage of priests and religious workers.
Why not create a new "order" of preachers made up of gifted laypeople
to give the homily at Mass or of married couples chosen to prepare the engaged and be the official witnesses at their nuptials?