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The acceptability of lay Liturgical Ministry: a Survey Among Rural Anglican Churchgoers

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A sample of 1,870 rural Anglican churchgoers completed a twenty-item scale of attitude toward lay liturgical ministry. The data demonstrate that key areas of lay liturgical ministry are greeted with caution by the majority of rural Anglican churchgoers. Churchgoers aged 65 and over are less favourably disposed to lay liturgical ministry than churchgoers under the age of fifty. Occasional churchgoers are less favourably disposed to lay liturgical ministry than those who attend church every week. In the light of these findings, rural dioceses may find that current policies to expand lay liturgical ministry deliver fewer signs of church growth than anticipated and may in fact alienate the rural church even further from the communities it seeks to serve.


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