Two meanings of the word ""laity"" are at large: the first divides the Church into two segments, of which part are those with a special vocation within the Church, and the rest without vocation are the daily. Opposed to this ""Catholic"" concept is that meaning which considers the daily to be ""the people of God"" or the whole Church, within which certain people with ""calls"" have peculiar functions. Howard Grimos writes in the latter tradition, which has also brought forth several notable books in our time, especially by Hendrik and Arnold This volume builds on the research and conclusions reached by these men, but, after reviewing the biblical, historical and experiential background for considering the as the whole people of God, goes even further. Howard Grimes asks how the whole people of God can once again act like it. First he points to some experiments in witness and social action that are already going on without clerical Then he makes many suggestions about areas where laymen are being challenged to Finally, he points to the critical role of adult education in creating an informed laity, able to make an intelligent response to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. This is a book for Church libraries, and just the kind of volume that should be passed from member to member for careful reading by Vestries, Church Boards, Councils, Exceptive Committes, or any other groups that have policy making powers with in local congregations. The author's effort will be lost if it stays in the studies of professional leaders.