From the Archbishop of Canterbury:

Do You Have a Calling?

The good news is Yes! You have! 

Our first calling is to live life in all its fullness and to represent Christ in the world. 

This is our common calling as Christians.

All who are baptised are called to ministry, whether that is lay or ordained. The Church needs a wide variety of ministers in order to serve all people. God calls young people and older ones, wealthy and poorer. The Church's ministers come from all walks of life, social classes, ethnic backgrounds and educational abilities.

You may be feeling excited, anxious, uncertain or inadequate but the Holy Spirit will lead, prepare and equip you as you move forward in faith and obedience. Above all be open to God's surprises!

But there is a further calling, a particular calling, sometimes called a 'vocation' which is not for everyone but may be for you.  This particular calling is to serve God and all people through one of the Church's authorised lay or ordained ministries.  For this particular calling you have to allow your sense of vocation to be tested by the Church through its discernment processes.  


To explore Ministry in the Church of England visit www.churchofengland.org/vocation 


If you are under 30 and would like to explore your vocation further please contact liz.boughton@churchofengland.org National Adviser for Young Vocations. The Call Waiting website may be of particular interest to you.

Summary of criteria
This will give you a summary of the criteria for those being considered for ordained ministry in the Church of England.

Anglican Religious Communities Booklet
Is God calling you to be a monk or a nun? Download this booklet for advice and guidance.

Pioneer ministry
This provides information on pioneer ministry, if you feel particularly called to this area of ministry, lay or ordained.


Study resources