Our challenge to all the Church's ministers:

Have at least one conversation about vocation each month, with someone different from you.

The Great Vocations Conversation

“You did not choose me, but I chose you, and appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last.”

John 15:16

Each of us has a unique part to play in building the Kingdom of God. We are called to dedicate our gifts and passions to this work as a living sacrifice.

Vocational living means responding to God with our whole selves, watching for the movement of the Spirit.


“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.”

Matthew 5:14-15

Others are often much better at seeing our gifts than we are.

Personal conversation is among the best ways to uncover someone’s vocation so that it can shine out in the world.

The Church is praying for an increase in people coming forward for ordained ministry, but conversations needn’t just be about ordination. Begin by getting people thinking about their vocation, then walk with them as they discern where this will lead.


“After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb.”

Revelation 7:9

We must challenge ourselves to see all people as God sees them – individual, exceptional and full of potential.

To release the gifts of all God’s people, it is vital to talk about vocation with people from groups which have historically been excluded, people who may be different to yourself.

Every Christian has a vocation. No matter who you are, no matter where you are coming from, each one of us is made in the image of God. Made on purpose and for a purpose. All are called.


Starting a conversation could be as simple as a chat in the queue for tea or coffee about someone’s passions and gifts, but it could take you deep into questions of service, flourishing and witness.

Take up the challenge and you will be joining many others in helping the light of Christ that is in every believer to shine out into the world. Check back here soon to sign up!

We’ll support every participant with devotional resources filled with prayers and ideas.

You can also find more resources through the Church Print Hub.

The Great Vocations Conversation launches on Vocations Sunday (22nd April 2018)

Bishop Andrew. As I reflect on my Christian journey, I've been so grateful for those who have nudged me along the way, encouraging me to take my own vocation seriously. The Great Vocation Conversation is a wonderful opportunity to be one of those people for others, as together we respond to the call of Christ to bear fruit that will last.


Vocation: What one is called by God to do. Not just ordained ministry!

Conversation: From an initial question to an in-depth discussion, anything that prompts thought and reflection on vocation.

Someone different: Anyone who is significantly different from how you would identify yourself. This is particularly important where people have historically been excluded for reasons of gender, class, ethnicity, age, disability, mental health, sexuality, culture, or academic background


Testimonies: Discerning with others

Jess. Deacon. My calling became clear when I was asked where I saw myself in church. My reply, standing not at the altar but at the door. I see my calling as enabling people to come into church, but also to go out into the community to build relationships that are mutually transformative.


John Naude. Priest. My diocesan director of ordinands was brilliant. He said to me, "If God is calling you to be ordained, it is the role of the diocese to enable that to happen".


A J Wade. Youth Minister. My church was excellent at raising up young leaders. I'd grown up in the youth group and became a junior leader. That was the start of my journey. I would encourage anyone who feels called to talk with church leaders and best friends. Others can see gifts in us. They may see something we've not considered and encourage us to explore other calls too.


Rachel Bedford. Curate. What does vocation look like for people like me? I went to speak to my vicar and he was amazing. He was a huge champion of me, my calling, and my gifting. To be affirmed and encouraged when I articulated that calling for the first time was truly significant. My diocesan director of ordinands was also really encouraging. They said to me: "I believe God's calling you. Don't worry about your age, your gender, or anything.  If God is calling you he'll make it work."


Matthew Frost. Management Consultant. I thought only church leaders were called by God. How wrong I was! My church ran a brilliant course through which I finally listened to what God had to say. God has something special for us to achieve. I came away with a deep sense of God leading me towards international development. A path demanding passion, gifts, experience and relationships to serve others and God's kingdom.


Richard Medcalf. Reader. I was part of a church that released so many people's gifts by inviting them to have a go. Lots of us were invited to preach. It had a massive impact: many of us went to some kind of ministry. Just giving chances can really help people discover their gifts.



Vocations. Life is for giving.