Joanne M Cahoon
Lay ecclesial ministers in the U.S. are a relatively new form of ministerial leadership within the community of disciples, whose persons and ministry support or contradict the message of the Gospel. This thesis contributes to the integrated ministerial formation of these ministers, called forth by the Spirit. It employs practical theology methodology to arrive at foundational principles and guiding insights for the spiritual formation of lay ministers. Pastoral implications arise from a "dialogue danced" between three partners: the experiences and insights of grounded lay ecclesial ministers with significant years of service, the U.S. cultural context, and the Catholic tradition.