Blast from the past? Lay ministry in the Catholic tradition
Zeni Fox says that calling lay Catholics to ministry has its roots in the early church.
Where in the tradition do we find lay ministry?
According to the New Testament there were various people—in addition to the Twelve—who exercised leadership in the early church. Paul mentions more than a hundred people by name associated with him and his ministry. But it gets fuzzy because the priesthood as we understand it now is not in the New Testament. The only place it is mentioned is Hebrews, and it’s Christ who’s the high priest.