• Ojo Anthonia Bolanle DVK
Keywords: Collaboration, Co-responsibility, Evangelisation, Lay Ministry, Ordained Ministry


The term ‘collaboration’ has been used to describe lay ministry in the Church since the Second Vatican Council. The laity were viewed as assisting the clergy in performing ‘their duties,’ mostly in the areas where there were shortage of priests. Nevertheless, this takes a new dimension when Pope Benedict XVI, on 26th May, 2009, addressing the Diocese of Rome used the term ‘co-responsibility’ as the most appropriate word to describe lay ministry in the Church. This shows
that the ministry of the laity in the propagation of the Kingdom of God is more than mere participation in the ‘duties of the clergy,’ but becomes, like the clergy, their responsibility. This paper, therefore discusses the theological basis of lay ministry as co-responsibility in the mission of the Church, emphasising the importance of ‘coresponsibility’ as an ongoing self-understanding of the Church as a community of God’s people who are partakers in the priesthood of Christ by virtue of their baptism. It discusses active participation of the laity in the mission of the Church as a way of pastoral renewal and growth of the Church and accomplishment of its mission as agent of the new evangelisation. The article therefore recommends proper formation of the laity for the accomplishment of the divine mission.

Author Biography

Ojo Anthonia Bolanle, DVK

Ojo Anthonia Bolanle, SSMA holds Doctoral Degree in Moral Theology from Catholic Institute of West Africa, Port Harcourt, Nigeria. She is currently doing her post-doctoral fellowship in Boston College, Massachusetts. Email:


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How to Cite
Bolanle, O. A. (2015). LAY MINISTRY AND ORDAINED MINISTRY. Asian Horizons, 9(02), 348-359. Retrieved from