The research project Exploring Lay Pastoral Ministry in the Catholic Church (2016) took a case study approach in order to explore the great variety of ways and contexts in which lay pastoral ministry is exercised. The research covered those in both unpaid and paid positions. In order to ensure that case studies covered a wide range of situations, they were conducted in five States around Australia, in remote and rural areas, larger cities, and the capital cities, and in high, moderate and low multicultural contexts.
The church is a community of Christ’s disciples……..Missionary discipleship is a call from God for today’s busy and complicated world, a ‘constant setting out’ with Jesus in order to know how and where the Master lives.
Pope Francis, 7th September 2017