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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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Some offered formal ministry training and formation for lay preachers, while others offered informal support and resources.
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.
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.
He then trained as a teacher, specialising in RE, and became a Methodist lay preacher.
My father, a Methodist lay preacher at Lackenby and Lazenby, was a boy scout leader with 25 years' service.
A 72-year-old lay preacher was yesterday disqualified from driving for 12 months after a court heard how he did a U-turn on a motorway after taking a wrong turning while on his way to deliver a sermon.
It happened when the 32 year old oil rig worker and lay preacher decided to take a holiday on a so-called walking safari in Botswana.