Overview

The role of lay ecclesial ministers—professionally prepared laity who serve in leadership roles—is becoming critically more important in the life of the Catholic church. In Lay Ecclesial Ministry, theologians and pastoral leaders from diverse disciplines provide a deeper understanding, envision future direction, and offer inspiration for these new ministers and the community of the church.

Building on the themes of the first official document ...
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Lay Ecclesial Ministry: Pathways Toward the Future

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Overview

The role of lay ecclesial ministers—professionally prepared laity who serve in leadership roles—is becoming critically more important in the life of the Catholic church. In Lay Ecclesial Ministry, theologians and pastoral leaders from diverse disciplines provide a deeper understanding, envision future direction, and offer inspiration for these new ministers and the community of the church.

Building on the themes of the first official document addressing lay ecclesial ministry, Co-workers in the Vineyard of the Lord, approved by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in 2005, this book delves deeply into key topics. Authors reflect on dimensions of the Catholic tradition to enrich our understanding of this new reality of lay ministry in the church, to envision future developments, and to offer inspiration. Contributors draw on a variety of theological perspectives, including canon law, church history, ecclesiology, liturgy, and scripture, to ground understanding of lay ecclesial ministry within the Catholic tradition and to chart direction for further response to this newly emergent ministry. The book also offers inspiration and models of service to lay ministers, looking to stories of the saints and communities of vowed religious.

Lay Ecclesial Ministry is an essential resource for the Catholic community in understanding and building upon this new and increasingly important component of church life.
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Editorial Reviews

American Catholic Studies
This collection is welcome as a contribution to the growing understanding of ministry in general and lay ministry in particular.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442201866
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/16/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 242
  • File size: 303 KB

Meet the Author

Zeni Fox is professor of pastoral theology at Immaculate Conception Seminary, Seton Hall University. She is the author of New Ecclesial Ministry: Lay Professionals Serving the Church and co-editor of Called and Chosen: Toward a Spirituality for Lay Leaders. She served as an advisor to the Bishops' Subcommittee which developed the document Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Part I: Response to Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord
Chapter 1: Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord: A Pastoral Perspective on Its Reception
H. Richard McCord, Jr.
Chapter 2: The Theological Reception of Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord
Richard R.Gaillardetz
Part II: Mining Our Theological Tradition
Chapter 3: Ministry in the New Testament
Emil A. Wcela
Chapter 4: Being a Ministering Church: Insights from History
Thomas F. O'Meara, O.P.
Chapter 5: Theology of Lay Ecclesial Ministry: Future Trajectories
Edward P. Hahnenberg
Chapter 6: Lay Ecclesial Ministry and Ritual
Catherine Vincie, RHSHM
Chapter 7: Lay Ecclesial Ministry and Parish Leadership Options: Canonical Reflections in Light of Co-Workers in the Vineyard
Sharon A. Euart, RSM
Part III: Mining Our Spiritual Tradition
Chapter 8: Spirit Guides and Table Companions: Saints as Models for Lay Ecclesial Ministers
Regina Bechtle, S.C.
Chapter 9: Formation for Lay Ministry: Learnings from Religious Life
Juliana Casey, IHM
Part IV: Implications for Pastoral Practice
Chapter 10: The Call of Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord for Cultural Diversity in Lay Ecclesial Ministry Formation Programs
William H. Johnson
Chapter 11: Adopting Effective Human Resource Development Strategies for the Catholic Church in the United States
Michael J. O'Louhglin with Michael J. Brough
Chapter 12: Strengthening Ministerial Leadership: Perspectives from Systems Theory
Zeni Fox
Index
About the Contributors
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