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layman

noun amateur, civilian, laic, nonprofessional, nonspecialist, one who has no specialized training, unnkilled practitioner, untrained person
Associated concepts: lay witness
See also: amateur

LAYMAN, eccl. law. One who is not an ecclesiastic nor a clergyman.

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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.
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?