Susan Engle, the Paducah District Lay Resource Leader of The Memphis Annual Conference is spot on in what she writes from the United Methodist Reporter. I only list what she believes the laity need to unlearn. You can read the specifics here.
1. While our church leaders, Pastor, church staff, are responsible to give vision, direction and guidance, they are not charged with keeping us happy. We are equally called to service in the Body of Christ, not only to be served. We are partner in ministry, not consumers.
2. The church building does not belong to us; it is an asset for ministry. Our functions are important, and fellowship as believers is essential, but they are not the sole purpose of the building.
3. Worship on Sunday is not entertainment, and we are not the audience. Worship is a time for us to gather, hear God’s word, get filled up, and go in the power of the Spirit to change the world.
4. There are a lot more of us (laity) than there are of them (clergy). Why did we ever decide sharing the Gospel was only for the ‘professionals’?
Well said, Susan... well said.