Something incredible and liberating is happening in the earth today! The Church is awakening to the truth that has been felt for so long in the spirit of its members - all of the work of God to be done in the earth is not limited to work done "in the church!" When we all received salvation and became excited about being used by God, we were subtly convinced that this meant that we were called to some form of "ministry." The truth is that most Christians are not called to full-time church staff positions, and local churches who are still wrestling with the elementary doctrine of tithing could not support them, even if they were.
In an effort to mine the great resources, talents and abilities which lay in local churches to benefit the progression of its various visions, the idea of "lay ministry" was developed, which allowed people (laity) to be involved in church ministry with the time they could spare from their secular and family responsibilities. This concept has come with a great cost!
The answer lies in identifying and understanding the roles and responsibilities of "Kings" and "Priests" in the Body of Christ. Even though we each function as Kings and Priests in our own personal lives from day to day; we each are called to be a King OR a Priest in our church life! God has equipped you and I in a fashion that we will each find our primary calling to be a King (called to the marketplace, workplace) or as a Priest (called to the Church).