Note: If you are not Christian, and therefore are not involved in a church, but are involved (or have been) with another form of at least semi-organized religion, please feel free to share your experiences.
Note 2:I put ministry in quotes because I want to encourage people to use a fairly broad definition of ministry. Bringing food to the sick, proselytizing, and anything else which somehow aids the visibility of your belief system in the world or is nice to your fellow man is welcome. It doesn’t have to be as formal as teaching Sunday school or preaching.
Note 3: Laity=non-clergy. The ordinary folk. The ones who are not paid by anyone, those who sit in the pews each week, those who have no special title, the congregation, etc.
Note 4: This thread was inspired by this being Laity Sunday in the United Methodist Church, so lay people in churches all over were giving sermons, reading scripture and otherwise giving the clergy a break. This is a good thing, except I couldn’t stand the guy who dominated this morning’s service. Among other failings, he was way too smug about only United Methodists (and some denomination I’m not familiar with, so it must not be one of the biggies) celebrating the ministry of ordinary folk, so I come to you.
The question: **How does your church/group celebrate and encourage ordinary folk to be “full-time ministers” or otherwise encourage witnessing, acts of charity, and other good deeds done in the name of your church/group/God? **