11 March 2013
New statistics for 2012 show that the number of young people
(under 30s) accepted for training for the Church of England
ministry last year was 113, 22% of the total. This is the highest
number in the past twenty years.
The Ministry Division of the Archbishops' Council is continuing
to be proactive in recruiting both young ordinands and those from
Black and Minority Ethnic backgrounds (BME) and this month
sponsored two separate conferences for those thinking about
Sixteen young people, aged 15-19, attended a young vocations
conference in Cambridge and feature in a Church of England podcast.
"The opportunities for young people to serve are there," says
Amie, one of the delegates. "I've been very encouraged by this
conference and that's a real positive, because a few years ago it
might not have been the same. Diocesan Directors of Ordinands are
not saying, 'Go away you're 18 or 19. They are saying come and
explore with me.'"
Southwark diocese hosted the conference for those considering
ordination from a BME background with nearly 30 participants on the
weekend and further names on the waiting list.
Dr Elizabeth Henry, the CofE's national Minority Ethnic Anglican
Concerns Adviser, said: "In many locations, BME Anglicans keep the
Church going but don't always feel welcome to share in the
leadership of the Church at local and national level. This was an
occasion when the Church recognised them and their ministry within
the Church. It will be great to build on this success at a national
Vocations Conference planned for 2014."
Dr Stephen Ferns, the CofE's Senior Selection Secretary,
commented: "I'm delighted by the success of both these
initiatives. The Church needs to encourage more young
vocations and more vocations from people from minority ethnic
backgrounds so that our ordained ministry can better reflect and
reach out to the communities that we serve."
Notes for Editors
Figures from past 20 years
recommended at selection conferences/Bishop's Advisory Panels since
Further information about the Church of England's engagement
with young people who feel they have been called to be priests at
Table is available to download.
Young vocations podcast. (