Date

4-1-1996

Document Type

Article

Department

Seminary

Degree

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

Chair

Frank J. Schmitt

Primary Subject Area

Religion, Clergy; Religion, General

Abstract

The purpose of this project is to research and develop an equipping ministry based on the doctrine of the priesthood of the believer emphasizing spiritual gifts. A 27-item Lay Ministry Survey was completed by 99 men and women at four North Carolina churches. Findings indicate that 43 percent of the respondents believe ministry should be performed by professional pastors. Research reveals that the professional pastor and laity have received a call to serve God by spiritual gifts. The church's responsibility is to affirm the call of believers to serve God through their spiritual gifts.

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