New US study finds lay ecclesial ministry still growing
A study of lay ministers in the US reports that there are now nearly 31,000 paid lay parish ministers in the country and more than 2000 others who work in parish ministry at least 20 hours a week on a volunteer basis.
Catholic News Service reports that the study found that since 1990, there have been major improvements in pay for the paid ministers.
It also found striking advances since 1990 in the involvement of dioceses in the training, screening, certification and commissioning of lay parish ministers, in providing them with continuing education and in setting employment standards and salary ranges for them.
"For the first time in the history of our country, there are more paid professional lay ministers in our parishes than there are priests," said Fr Eugene Lauer, director of the National Pastoral Life Centre in New York, which conducted the study.
The study was commissioned by the Committee on the Laity of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and funded by the Lilly Endowment.
New study finds lay ecclesial ministry still growing in United States (Catholic News Service 28/10/05)
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Bishops to address place of professional lay ministry in church life (Catholic News Service 28/10/05)
1 Nov 2005