Would small and struggling congregations choose to hire a trained lay minister rather than an ordained minister? Would a larger congregation choose to supplement their ordained parish minister with a few trained lay ministers, some of whom might even be volunteer, rather than add an ordained associate, or assistant, minister?
You could also argue that deploying more ministers, of whatever level of training, is essential to the growth of Unitarian Universalism. And that’s where our economic sustainability ultimately lies.
If there was an obvious answer somebody would have done it already.
Does training lay ministers just shift the burden to the already ordained ministers as a group, if not individually?
Your thoughts, please?