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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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Some offered formal ministry training and formation for lay preachers, while others offered informal support and resources.
Lay preacher John, a computer sales manager, chuckled: "To get my licence I have to show I am fit in mind and body.
The study found that having stated supply from a gifted lay preacher who has additional employment in the community, with the congregation mobilized to handle pastoral care and Christian education responsibilities, provides more effective ministry than yoking two or three churches together under one minister.
He served as a lay preacher for a congregation and worked from 1824 to 1831 as a newspaper editor and from 1840 to 1850 as a teacher and principal at the Jewish teachers' seminary in Berlin.
After a period of intense spiritual struggle, he joined the Baptist church at Bedford and later became a lay preacher. His refusal to obey royal edicts banning nonconformist preaching led to his imprisonment from 1660 to 1672.
His father was a car salesman and an electrical engineer, but was a lay preacher in his spare time.
The judge made the comments at Sheffield Crown Court as he sentenced Bowling to life in prison for the murder of lay preacher Alan Greaves, 68.
Opening the lay preacher's inquest, Mr Dorries told Maureen he was "very, very sorry that the circumstances bring this to me at all".
"The choirmaster was Bill Hall and the lay preacher was Mr Barnes.
It included more than 170 people from North Wales including a former police officer, an ex-Tory councillor, a former social worker, a former North Wales Ambulance worker, and a Christian lay preacher.
Judge Price, 60, who earns pounds 128,296 per year and has also been an Anglican lay preacher for 40 years, normally sits in Cardiff, Swansea and Carmarthen courts, although he has been off work since the article appeared.
The opening service and dedication was to have been provided by Sir Alan Beith in his capacity as a Methodist lay preacher.