The laity is the first order of ministry, called by God and our baptismal covenant to be the hands and feet of Christ in the world. The laity is one of the four orders of ministry in the Episcopal Church. Laity are called by God to recognize that gifts have been given by the grace of God and to use those gifts by making a faithful impact in our daily lives, our homes and families, our vocations in work and volunteer opportunities, and our places of worship and service to others.
Laity characteristics include:
committing to deepening our relationship with God and to growing in faith with prayer, reading scripture, and commitment to worship and study;
modeling the rigor and discipline of prayer as a primary tool to walk the Way of Jesus;
participating in existing lay ministries and discerning with others new ways that the Holy Spirit might be calling us to meet the needs of the community inside and outside the church;
discerning where God is already at work and intentionally seeking to join God’s mission in the world;
living lives marked by integrity, compassion, and Jesus’ call to love one another; treating others with respect regardless of human differences such as race, gender, social status, theological viewpoint, and orientation;
committing to deepening relationships with others in the congregation and to understanding our mutual obedience to one another;
taking responsibility for creating a culture of openness to the stranger and a willingness to be a part of the Beloved Community;
committing to lifelong discernment for discovering what God is inviting us to in our unfolding chapters of faithful living;
living lives of faith in thought, word and deed, and intentionally pursuing spiritual growth and renewal of body, mind, and spirit; and
trusting that the Holy Spirit is leading.
These characteristics were created by the Episcopal Church in Minnesota and are part of a larger document for laity and ordained, which is available for download and reading. "ECMN Discipleship Hallmarks for Leadership: the Four Orders of Ministry"