To the Apostle Paul was given the remarkable revelation that Christ, the Anointed One, is destined to have a body. God’s elect are members of the Body of Christ. Because we have inherited a clergy-laity form of church government it is difficult for us to appreciate that all Christians are members of the one Body of Christ and there are none of us who are superior to our fellow members. There does not exist, except in our traditions, such divisive roles as "clergy and laity."
It is true also that denominational structures, while they may have no intention of doing so, tend to work against the concept of the one Body of Christ.