1. Is it in the Bible?
2. What do we believe it means?
Clergy are the people who have been educated to be the leaders or ministers in the church. the church consists of a small percentage of "clergy" while the vast majority are "lay-people".
3. What does it really mean?
"Clergy" is an invented word and not in the Bible at all. It was invented to describe the already existing system of the Christian church. If we trace it's origins we will find this...
We can see that a "clerk" was a Medieval term for someone who knew how to read. Often, the priest of the local parish was one of the few people who could read--and so the title of "clergyman" was invented.
Does this have anything to do with the Bible and what it teaches about ministry and the way the church should operate?
Yet, it is clear that this archaic term is still used to describe the "ministry" of the church and serves to re-enforce wrong definitions. the Bible makes us all ministers to God,a nd the Bible says it is ministry which will fulfill His purposes and mission.
Ministry is what we lack, and "clergy" is one of the concepts which inhibits true ministry.