"This book is about volunteer lay ministries. It is addressed to the lay members of the churches to help them understand their ministries more clearly, to affirm those ministries, and to suggest concrete ways of enhancing their influence and leadership in the mission of the church. Much of what is written undoubtedly applies to professional, paid lay Church workers. There's something here for the clergy too. But the readership in mind is the ordinary Church member". -- Preface.
Contents divided into two parts: Part 1: The Nature of Lay Ministry -- Part 2: Lay Ministry: Basic Training and Enhancement of Gifts.
Contents: Acknowledgements dated Epiphany, 1991 -- Preface -- How to Use This Book -- The Challenge -- Understanding Christian Leadership -- You and Your Partner, the Pastor -- Varieties of Volunteer Lay Ministry -- Co-ordinating Volunteer Lay Ministries -- Training for Christ's Team -- Basic Training Phase 1: Training in Group Participation -- Basic Training Phase 2: Training in Program Planning -- Epilogue -- Appendix A: Members' Guide to Group Discussion -- Appendix B: Group Participation and Planning Workshop -- Appendix C: Procedures for a Problem and Interest Census -- Appendix D: Private Self-Appraisal of Growth in Teamwork -- Appendix E: Private Self-Appraisal in Program Planning Committee Work -- Bibliography.
Each chapter includes suggestions for a "Study Session" as well as bibliographical notes.