Welcome to episode 3 of the new UnSunday Show! This episode is an episode from my old Ekklesia Podcast that I brought over to share with you.
We hear it all the time and it’s used in so many ways that we don’t think to question it. We assume it’s true because we’ve been told it is for so long. I’m talking about the clergy/laity distinction. Far from being a help, the clergy/laity caste system stands in the way of a church where every believer is a priest. It reduces the priesthood of all believers to a priesthood of a select few “professional” Christians. It creates an “us and them” mentality that adds a new layer of separation within the the assembly and renders most of the church passive while the professional segment of the church assumes more and more power.
I am more convinced more than ever that the clergy/laity distinction and its resulting top-down authority structure is a key enabler of abuse in the church that needs jettisoned.
Let’s talk about it.