The church shares in Christ’s mission of bringing all to the knowledge of God and to salvation.
All its members are called to this intrinsic mission bequeathed to the entire church. The lay
faithful form the greatest number of the members and their functions are important in this
mission. However, they are beset by numerous setbacks that constitute untold challenges
for the church. This article, written from a sub-Saharan African and Catholic background,
examines the nature of this mission as a requisite prelude to discussion on various challenges
experienced by the laity in participating fully in the mission. It also recommends ways of
enhancing their contributions.
CONTRIBUTION : The primary contribution of this article is its specific focus on the challenges the
laity encounter in carrying out their mission in the world. It is a theological study based on
scriptural foundations of the laity in the church. As members, laypersons share fully in the
church’s received mission mandate.
Mary J. Obiorah is
participating in the research
Readings’, directed by
Prof. Dr Ernest van Eck,
Department of New
Testament Studies, Faculty
of Theology and Religion,
University of Pretoria.