Thankfully, many of the widespread issues of “trusteeism” and “clericalism” have been resolved in the Church since the article below was written. However, there still exist gross misunderstandings concerning how these complementary vocations are fulfilled. Consider including this article (can be downloaded as a PDF below) in the parish council manual as required reading for discussion. Another equally useful article on the Orthodox Parish by Fr. Schmemann is also available in the Stewardship Advocates Library and should be considered as another valuable insert in the manual.
View in larger font, download and print a PDF version here: Clergy and Laity in the Orthodox Church Alexander Schmemann