In the Name of the Church: Vocation and Authorization in Lay Ecclesial Ministry presents insights generated in the 2011 Collegeville National Symposium on Lay Ecclesial Ministry, a gathering designed to prioritize the theological foundations for vocation and authorization in lay ecclesial ministry, and make recommendations to advance excellence in this expanding ministry. The essays presented by seven theologians at the Symposium are included, along with thoughtful input drawn from the experiences of lay and ordained ministers who gathered to "amplify the voice and strengthen the national will to promote effective ecclesial leadership practices identified within Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord."
William J. Cahoy is dean of Saint John's School of Theology•Seminary, Collegeville, MN. He has a Master of Arts in Religion from Yale Divinity School and a PhD from Yale University. He serves on the boards of the Louisville Institute, the Commission on Accrediting for the Association of Theological Schools, the Collegeville Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research, and the Society for Arts in Religious and Theological Studies.