Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Sacred Theology (STM)


Practical Theology

First Advisor

William Danker

Scripture References in this Resource

Luke 1:14-17; Luke 1:67-80; Luke 3:1-22; Luke 4:18-21; Luke 7:18-30; Luke 16:16-18; Luke 1:5-2:20; Luke 16:19-31; Luke 17:11-19; Luke 23:6-16; 1 Chronicles 24:10; Exodus 6:23; Genesis 26:5; Leviticus 26:3; Numbers 36:13; Deuteronomy 4:40; Deuteronomy 10:13; Leviticus 26:3; 1 Kings 3:3; Jeremiah 7:23; Psalm 26:1; Psalm 78:10; Psalm 19:1; Ezekiel 36:26-32; Job 1:1; 1 Samuel 1:5; 2 Samuel 2:5; Luke 1:5-9; Genesis 18:10; Judges 13:3; 1 Samuel 1:17; Genesis 18:11; Luke 1:10, 13


In the last ten to fifteen years, more has been written about the role of the laity in the church today, than during any other period in church history. Our purpose in this thesis, is to state, or rather, reexamine, the theological basis of the place of the laity today, in terms of a fivefold function of the New Testament Church, and then to blueprint some practical situations, in which these functions could and should find expression in the lives of God's people, both within the community of the Church, and the community of the world.

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