Churches have often made sharp distinctions between the character of the "ordinary" Christian and the character and expectations of the clergy, as a way of involving the laity in volunteer work without making serious demands on their life and personhood. We have accepted lifestyle dynamics for lay persons involved in significant church ministry that we would never accept from clergy.
1. There is a movement today to include laypersons in the pastoral care work of the church. If we believe that the character of those providing care matters, when and how is it appropriate for the bar to be set as high for lay persons as for clergy? Is this or is this not an issue within holiness churches?
2. What about for other ministries - should we have as high standards for the lifestyle of those on the praise team, for example, as we do for the pastor?