Ministry of All Believers

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The Ministry of All Believers: Leading the Missional Church by Inagrace Dietterich

"The missional church is called to say goodbye to a vision of ministry as the vocation of certain individuals and to say hello to a vision of ministry as the vocation of all believers.  The goal is to create the expectation, space, resources, and necessity for all the members of the body of Christ to participate responsibly and to contribute creatively their gifts in fulfillment of the church's ministry."

A short essay and accompanying discussion questions provides biblical grounding for the ministry of all believers as well as the historical context for professional clergy.  This essay is a helpful launching point for any congregation seeking to move beyond a pastor-centered model of church.  

This essay, like all Center for Parish Development resources, comes from research and over 50 years of implementation experience.