We have laity. I told you so.

Nobody has a problem with this? Guess not. It’s on a site of brotherhood clergy. (Right, we use the code word “ministry.) The author uses the word “laity” five times. It’s no mistake.

A strong servant-leadership starting with the pastors is effective in caring for the laity (Acts 6:1-7; 1 Cor. 11:1–3). A well-equipped/trained and mobilized membership is Christ focused in all areas of ministry (1 Cor. 12; Eph. 4:11–16). The laity is brought into the church with an attitude of involvement. A culturally relevant ministry is serving ministries that involve all the laity (1 Pet. 4:11f). An inspiring, uplifting, holistic and praising worship motivates the laity to serve God after the worship assembly is completed (Acts 2:14–47). Meeting the needs of community people without being controversial all the time is necessary to build an evangelistic relationship (Acts 2:47; 5:42; 20:20). A robust network of small group fellowship and service keeps the laity saved (Acts 2:42-47; 10:24, 33). Source.

This pains me to no small degree. It starts with the idea of “servant-leadership.” It’s all tied together. You have leaders and laypeople. Clergy and laity. Welcome to the Church of Christ denomination.

The brotherhood I once knew is quickly slipping away.

“Therefore we must pay closer attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away” Hebrews 2.1.

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