Lay ministry has been a part of the church from its beginning. Collectively we recognize
that we all share in the one priesthood of Christ. We are a priestly people. Ministry is how we
exercise that priesthood. Our challenge is to find the collaborative role of the ordained and nonordained to meet the needs of the faithful.
Through this project, I sought to identify a role for Lay Presiders and to develop and
guide Lay Presiders who would be able to fulfill the needs of the parish community. Lay
Presiders are called by God to minister in the service of the Gospel. They are people of