Vocation


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.

Many people feel called to serve God through ministry in various different forms, some of these may be Ordained Ministry, Reader Ministry, Church Army Evangelist or as a monk or nun within the religious life community.

Use the links below to find out more:

Under 30? Visit www.callwaiting.org.uk

If you are over 30 and wish to explore General Ministry in the Church of England visit: www.churchofengland.org/vocation

Often the first step to exploring whether ministry is the right path for you is to speak to your local vicar or chaplain. Other resources that may be used in support of this are listed below:

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