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Definition of Lay leader

Lay leader Definition from Government Dictionaries & Glossaries
DOD Dictionary of Military Terms
A volunteer appointed by the commanding officer and supervised and trained by the command chaplain to serve for a period of time to meet the needs of a particular religious faith group when their military chaplains are not available. The lay leader may conduct services, but may not exercise any other activities usually reserved for the ordained clergy. See also command chaplain; combatant command chaplain; religious support; religious support plan; religious support team. (JP 1-05)
  
Source: U.S. Department of Defense, Joint Doctrine Division. ( About )
Lay leader Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
Wikipedia English - The Free Encyclopedia
A lay leader is a member of the laity in any congregation who has been chosen as a leader. Since lay leadership is not an ordained clerical office, the lay leader's responsibilities vary according to the particular tradition to which he or she belongs. Some organizations do not allow the lay leader to give sacraments for example, but do allow them to perform most other portions of the service that are normally the responsibility of the clergy (e.g. giving sermons when the regular clergy are on vacation).

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