Author Joseph E. Lamb Proposes the Laity’s Greater Involvement in Church Ministry

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New book attempts to build a framework for excellence among the laity

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In recent years, the Christian church has begun to follow the example of the business community and the social sciences by studying the question of leadership within the context of the Christian community. In Empowering The Laity For Ministry, Dr. Joseph E. Lamb, Sr. offers items of discussion to maximize the laity’s potential for excellence.

Packed in six comprehensive chapters, this project is an attempt to address the concern for a more responsible framework for the laity in ministry by developing a system to train small groups of members for leadership in the area of ministry. It is an attempt to recover and/or reintroduce a unique emphasis of Methodism that has been lost to many Methodist churches for many years: the Wesley Class System.

The specific thesis of this project is to show that the laity should have greater involvement in the church’s ministry and that the very nature of the church requires their mutual leadership involvement with the pastor. “The need for the ministry of small groups in the local congregation is paramount to church growth and development. This project is a major step toward holistic ministry,” Lamb writes.

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Empowering The Laity For Ministry * by Dr. Joseph E. Lamb, Sr.
Maximizing Their Potential for Excellence
Publication Date: October 19, 2011
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 158 pages; 978-1-4653-6895-9
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 158 pages; 978-1-4653-6896-6
eBook; $3.99; 978-1-4653-6897-3

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