Our challenge to all the Church's ministers:
Have at least one conversation about vocation each month, with someone different from you.
“You did not choose me, but I chose you, and appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last.”
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.”
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.”
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.
The Great Vocations Conversation launches on Vocations Sunday (22nd April 2018)
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