No ordinary ministry

Our mission is to be a Christian presence in every community. Read on to explore more of the wide range of opportunities to serve Jesus. If you believe you’re called to ministry, talk to your vicar, chaplain, or diocese, and pray often as you discern your vocation.

You may be surprised at how many of our ministers are not ordained. Youth and children’s ministers, evangelists, missionaries, readers, pioneers, and community workers are generally not ordained, and are collectively known as lay ministers.
Young woman singing into microphone at service Zoli Szendi

Whole life discipleship

There are many fruitful vocations outside of church structures

What is discipleship?

Being a vicar

Serving God by leading a church

What do vicars do?

Readers and licensed lay ministers

Preaching and teaching alongside clergy

What do readers and lay ministers do?

Distinctive deacons

Building bridges between church and society     

What do distinctive deacons do?


A Christian presence in a secular setting

What do chaplains do?


Planting fresh expressions of church

Who are Pioneers?

The religious life

Committing to a life of prayer and service in community           

What is the religious life? What do monks and nuns do?

Youth and children’s ministry

Allowing every child to encounter faith and Christ

What do youth and children’s ministers do?

Church Army

Changing lives through evangelism

What do Church Army evangelists do?

Missionary work

Sharing the gospel at home and abroad

What do missionaries do?

Ministers in secular employment

Taking the gospel into the workplace

What do ministers in secular employment do?

"Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, 'Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?' And I said, 'Here am I. Send me!"

Isaiah 6:8