From the Archbishop of Canterbury:
Do You Have a
The good news is Yes! You
Our first calling is to live life in
all its fullness and to represent Christ in the world.
This is our common calling as
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org National
Adviser for Young Vocations. The Call Waiting website may be of particular
interest to you.
This will give you a summary of the criteria for those being
considered for ordained ministry in the Church of
Anglican Religious Communities Booklet
Is God calling you to be a monk or a nun? Download this booklet
for advice and guidance.
This provides information on pioneer ministry, if you feel
particularly called to this area of ministry, lay or