Any discussion of the ministry of the baptized eventually reaches a point where someone asks, “If all the baptized are ministers, then why and how do we distinguish between the ministry of clergy and laity?” One promising answer begins, “The clergy have a public ministry....” The unspoken half of that answer, seldom said, but powerfully lived out in contemporary capitalistic cultures is, “The laity’s ministry is private.” This response constricts the scope of the gospel and plays into the contemporary gulf between the public and private dimensions of our lives.
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Keifert, Patrick R. “A Public Ministry by All the Baptized.” Word & World 7, no. 4 (September 1987): 353–60.
Keifert, Patrick R., "A Public Ministry by All the Baptized?" (1987). Faculty Publications. 122.