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laity

[lā′itē]
Etymology: Gk, laikos, of the people
a nonprofessional segment of the population, as viewed from the perspective of a member of a particular profession. A clergyman may regard a physician as a member of the laity and vice versa.

laity

(lā′ĭ-tē) [Gr. laos, the people]
Individuals who are not members of a particular profession such as law, dentistry, medicine, or the ministry.
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If one compares only lay ministers who attended higher education with their married clergy counterparts, it helps to lessen the gap but does not close it.
I really feel like lay ministers are out there living this universal call to holiness by being able to serve as a bridge between the world of the religious and the secular.
The job of a lay minister is to help close distance boundaries that make mission dioceses difficult to maintain, said Susan Northway, director of religious education for the diocese.
In addition, stories of several lay ministers (notably of varied cultural backgrounds and life experiences) highlight diverse paths and different hesitations, sounding a note of reality.
Let us pray for many vocations to the priesthood so that lay ministers may not be needed.
Lay ministers are needed in many pastoral care settings, especially in remote mission parishes that do not have a full-time parish priest.
We need our local parishes to be able to recruit and sustain educated and experienced lay ministers.
Because professional lay ministry is all about public service in the name of the church, professional lay ministers have a particular relationship with their bishop.
Elsewhere, Dean Peter Williams of the Yukon, who opposes same-sex blessings, said in an interview that his three lay ministers at Christ Church Cathedral disagree with him.
Police from Wolverhampton West, which covers Wolverhampton city centre, took about 30 vicars and lay ministers to the clubs as a part of a seminar called Drink, Drugs and Night Time Economy.
Lay ministers are not always recognized officially in the church.
While lay preaching is a very public thing, it is something that few lay ministers do on a regular basis since it is traditionally reserved to the ordained.