50 years ago I spent a year in Greece studying the rural church there. I found that the smallest village had their own locally ordained priest whose job it was to be the local pastor and to conduct all services in the local church but not to preach, so that he did not have to be trained in theology: preaching in the church and teaching in the schools was the job of theologically trained lay people.
Ever since then I have wondered why we could not do the same, especially in our rural areas. It seemed to me that every parish could produce at least one or two people who could be the local church leader or leaders.. Unfortunately the dominant trend went the other way, which was to bring together a collection of parishes under one full-time incumbent. In some places this has worked well, but in many others it has put an excessive amount of stress on the incumbent. However in some dioceses local people have been ordained and in one parish in Staffordshire a retired teacher is making a great success of being in charge of a parish of 1000 people. She has the backing of a group of lay people called out by the Church Council to meet with her on a regular basis to pray, study and plan for the way forward and she is also backed up by another team which guides a dozen parishes, of which hers is one, all working together and serviced by a group consisting of full-time stipendiary clergy, other local clergy and lay ministers. This arrangement has two main advantages, the first that no ministers are isolated in their ministry and secondly that those clergy and laity who wish to contribute are encouraged to do so in the way that is right for them on an equal basis. When I was working in that setup as part of a ministry team I felt greatly relieved from having to work on my own.