A book worth another look

Some years ago, R. Paul Stephens published The Other Six Days: Vocation, Work, and Ministry in Biblical Perspective.  The book argues

 that the clergy-laity division has no basis in the New Testament and challenges all Christians to rediscover what it means to live daily as God’s people.  Exploring the theological, structural, and cultural reasons for treating laypeople as the objects of ministry, Stevens argues against the idea of clericalism. All Christians are called to live in faith, hope, and love, and to do God’s work in the church and world. This biblical perspective has serious implications for the existing attitudes and practices of many churches as well as for our understanding of ministry. Stevens shows that the task of churches today is to equip people for ministry in their homes, workplaces, and neighborhoods.

If you’ve never read it, it’s still in print and on Kindle. Get it here or here.

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