Episode 4 | Rethinking the Clergy/Laity Distinction

Welcome to the fourth episode of The Ekklesia Podcast. In this episode I crack open the lid on the clergy/laity distinction that exists within the institutional church. Like so many other topics we’re going to discuss as this podcast continues to grow and move along, this won’t be the only time we address this subject. It’s more of an introduction to the issue.

Do the words “clergy” and “laity” appear anywhere in the New Testament and if so, what do they refer to? Is there such a thing in Christ’s ekklesia as a professional clergy who have authority over a non-professional segment of his body, called the laity? What is the role of history and tradition in influencing our thinking of the clergy/laity separation? Has tradition trumped scripture in our understanding of top-down authority structures in the institutional church? Join me as I talk about these important questions and more. Welcome to The Ekklesia Podcast!

This episode is the 4th of 4 episodes that were originally on my old UnSunday Podcast. I’m shutting that podcast show down and have moved here instead. I think “Ekklesia” is a better reflection of the things I want to say than “UnSunday” was.

-Mike

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Episode 2 | How Did We Get Here?

Welcome to episode 2 of The Ekklesia Podcast! My wife Susan joins me in this episode as we escape the extreme heat of the southwest and find ourselves in the tall pines of Arizona. It was there that we decided to record this episode – a podcast in the pines. I’m pleased with the way it turned out. I was a little concerned because we were outside in an uncontrolled environment.

In this episode we talk about how we got here. How did the institutional church get to where it is today? Where did the modern top-down authority structure that we see in so many institutional church settings come from? Did we get here by accident or was it intentional? What did Jesus say about top-down authority? Does the modern institutional church reflect the New Testament’s anticipation of it? Join us as we ask honest and direct questions about these subjects and more!

This episode was originally on my old UnSunday Podcast. I’m shutting that podcast show down and have moved it here instead. I think “Ekklesia” is a better reflection of the things I want to say than “UnSunday” was.

Enjoy!