One of the roles of the priest is surely to foster in his congregation is a condition of extra-dependency: this is where individuals depend on a person or object outside of themselves for affirmation, confirmation, protection and sustenance (as in our childish phase - whether we are an actual child or in Child-ego role). The priest needs to encourage that extra-dependence to be on God, not on the priest, the prayerbook or the church building - the process of spiritual maturity. But there is also an intra-dependency where the dependence is within oneself as a responsible, self-actuating adult. These need to go together: each feeding off the other and moving deeper and the priest is working with these dependencies, encouraging others to grow to a mature and adult sense of self-awareness and a mature and adult relationship with God.
“We will see more clearly when we set the church the right way up, the laity first and the clergy as the people who service and enable them.”
However, in most congregations the number of the laity actively seeking that deepening level of spiritual awareness is probably quite small: what proportion of those who regularly attend Sunday worship will also attend Lent or other study or Bible study groups or house groups, parish away-days and the like? The development of spiritual maturity can not start and end with the Sunday sermon. So how does the priest lead the horse to water and make it drink?