Dispatch 19: [the new christians] downplay – or outright reject – the differences between clergy and laity.
Tony Jones, The New Christians: Dispatches from the Emergent Frontier (Jossey-Bass, 2008), p. 204.
This got me thinking:
Laity/ church member role: to do and to be what God has for you/ us to do and to be.
Clergy/ pastor/ elder role: to do and to be what God has for you/ us to do and to be shoulder to shoulder with the laity. (Also to shepard by example of character and godliness as is required.)
Job of the community (laity and clergy): to figure out what God wants the community to do and to be.