In these reflections, the bishops examine the four "calls" that impel the laity-the calls to holiness, to community, to mission and ministry, and to Christian maturity.
A must for all active church ministers and for those preparing for such ministry. Presenting a summary of the Leadership for Ecclesial Lay Ministry project, the Subcommittee on Lay Ministry invites the bishops to determine the future course of the project in order to serve the need for leadership at the national level and provide practical assistance at the local level.
Co-workers in the Vineyard of the Lord offers pastoral and theological reflections on the reality of lay ecclesial ministry, affirmation of those who serve in this way, and a synthesis of best thinking and practice.
These nine papers, presented at a national theological colloquium, begin to bring form and focus to the phenomenon of ecclesial lay ministry in the United States.