Christian Smith's books have been out of print, but this short article of his titled "Church Without Clergy" is sure one good read. I especially resonate with his last paragraph, which I hope will encourage those who are out of the institutional system. For the rest of my brethren, I hope it will be a springboard to more stimulating thoughts and issues to ponder over. Be blessed.
"Church without clergy is not easy; it demands the full, active participation of everyone. But the rewards of church without clergy - the riches of participation, of solidarity, and of community -make the effort exceedingly worthwhile. And, those who make that effort will be well on their way to transforming church from something they simply go to, to something they, together, are."
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