PDF Liberating the Laity

  • Paperback
  • 180
  • Liberating the Laity
  • R. Paul Stevens
  • English
  • 10 February 2018
  • 9781573830126

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Summary Liberating the Laity ä PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free K of a Christian leader is not to do the work but to euip the saints to do it Exploring new options for pastors tentmakers and laypeople this book provides structures and strategies to best euip all the saints for minist. Paul Stevens is a great guy who lives what he preaches But I wish he would skip the laity gig and lead a seminary or something he s made his point

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Summary Liberating the Laity ä PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free E Reformation it is little practised today Following secular models churches usually organize around the clergy who are paid by the laity to do the ministry Paul Stevens argues that according to Scripture the primary tas. One of the most poorly published books I have ever seen

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Summary Liberating the Laity ä PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Every church has far work than any one person can do Even a team of professionals is not enough The New Testament solution was for every member to be a minister Though the priesthood of all believers was a key idea in th. Who is to be ministering in the church Is it the job of one person who is hired by the church Is it accomplished by a team of professionals Or is it the responsibility of everyone who calls themselves a Christian and part of the body of ChristR Paul Stevens presents an answer to these type of uestions in his book Liberating the Laity Considering his title one can probably guess what type of answer he is presenting Stevens gives his foundational concepts early on in the book and they re as followsHe says The two principles that undergird this entire book are these First church leadership is called primarily to an euipping ministry This is not a sideline to preaching or counseling but the raison d tre of the pastor teacher Second euipping the saints does not mean harnessing the laity for the felt needs or institutional tasks of the church nor harnessing the laity to assist the pastor with certain delegated ministries The saints are to be euipped for their own ministry p38 Now these are not bad principles to build a book around I felt that when he was focused on his two main principles that he had a good case to make A case that says ministry is not just for the pastor it is for the whole congregation That the laity aren t second class citizens of God s kingdom behind the clergy That ministry isn t just centered on what we do at the church but it needs to be connected to our everyday livesAnother issue made its way into his book enough that it tended to interfere with his two main principles That issue was tent making or the idea as he puts it in one of his chapter titles the idea of voluntary clergy What he means by this is that the leaders of the church are not paid by the church but rather earn a wage by working a job outside of the churchI can see how this concept flows naturally out of the discussion of euipping the laity For some reason though I just didn t feel that Stevens treatment of it was very fluid Maybe it was the fact that he was often making a case for it but made the point that it wasn t necessarily how everyone should do it Maybe it was that one of the chapters about it was done in an odd format that involved an imaginary interviewI m not sure but I felt when he focused on the idea of tent making the waters got muddy and it wasn t as focused as the idea of euipping people for their own ministries In fact it may have even distracted from the principle of euipping people It felt like the book had become a Trojan horse to house an idea that was related but not absolutely necessary to the discussionSo what s my overall impression of Liberating the Laity It s a bit mixed When he s focused on euipping the book is at its strongest I think he raises valid concerns about how we view and act out leadership in the church With my education being in theology with the goal of being a pastor these concerns are somewhat close to home even if I m not a pastor yet at least in a professional senseI found the book useful for raising a number of uestions about leadership in church church models and the importance of euipping all believers However his focus on tent making which I don t have any problem with just seemed uneven In my opinion it even distracted a bit too much from his principles that I uoted earlierWith all this I d say that Liberating the Laity is an uneven book It brings up valid points about euipping the laity but also feels like you re getting an advertisement for becoming a tent maker in the process Add in some chapters that just fall a bit flat like the chapter that was an imaginary interview and it just makes for an uneven experience Not enough of one that I d recommend to steer clear of the book but also not enough that I d thoroughly recommend it either