Stipendiary ministry

Ministers in secular employment are deacons or priests whose ministry is focused in the workplace. Such ministers may be employed outside church life as nurses, engineers, teachers and in many other jobs.

Ministers in secular employment tell the story of God’s love in their workplaces, helping people make connections between life and faith through prayer, worship and reading the Bible. They will also preach, teach and enable God’s people to be better disciples of Christ.

How do I become a minister in secular employment?

Do you believe God is calling you to serve as a minister in secular employment? To be become minister in secular employment, you must first be ordained.

Training for ordination is unlike any normal recruitment process. It is best seen as a time of discernment, and is therefore more like a journey or pilgrimage than an examination.

To maintain links with secular employment, you will most likely train part time.

Your starting point is to meet with your own vicar, chaplain, or equivalent, to talk with them about your sense of calling. You should also arrange to meet with the vocations team in your diocese. If you don’t know which diocese your church is in, you can find out on A Church Near You.

It is important you continually pray about your vocation throughout the discernment process.