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Whatever Happened to the Laity?(Brill, 2017)The 500th anniversary of the Protestant reformation is significant in many respects, not least in providing an opportunity to revisit Luther's emphasis on the role of the laity. Yet such a positive and robust understanding of vocation as secular and worldly, as well as ecclesial, has informed understandings of lay ministry only sporadically, as they have often been submerged by clericalism and institutional inertia. By revisiting the hey-day of modern theologies of the laity from the mid-twentieth century, and in dialogue with a recent Church of England report, this article will suggest some ways in which contemporary theological reflection on lay ministry as the vanguard of the missio Dei and the work of the Church in the world might be promoted. A focus on a learning church, education for discernment and a worldly, missional ecclesiology will hold the Church to its essential vision of an empowered laity.