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Vocation means what you are called by God to be and do. For some, this is a specific calling to ministry. For others, it could mean serving God through faithful discipleship in everyday life. Every Christian is called to serve according to their given gifts and context. Everyone has a vocation, even though sometimes what God is calling you to might be quite surprising.


Are you being called?

God calls everyone

Vocation emerges, and continues to emerge, throughout life. Coaxed out by prayer and conversation, shaped by God and confirmed by the Church community. We want to help you identify and nurture that vocation. It’s a journey which never really ends.

You can find lots of helpful information online from the Church of England about Vocations. Speaking to your local chaplain is a good idea, particularly if you attend church regularly. They may have noticed something about you which can help you explore and understand your vocation more deeply. Talking to friends, family and colleagues can often be a revealing experience as well. Although you may struggle to discern a calling on your life, others close to you may have seen something special and can help you see it too.

If you are aged 18-30 and thinking about exploring what ministry means in the Church of England, take a look at the Ministry Experience Scheme here.

"There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work."

1 Corinthians 12:4-6


Ordained ministry

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Some people feel a specific calling to ordained ministry (being and priest or deacon). The first step towards ordination is to talk to your chaplain or a member of the vocations team in the diocese. The diocese will work with you to identify what type of ministry is right for your unique gifts and talents. When they know you are ready, the bishop will send you to a selection residential known as a Bishop’s Advisory Panel (BAP). The panel will decide whether to recommend to the bishop that you go forward for ordination training.

Once recommended, you will prepare for ordination at a theological education institution. There are numerous pathways available, the most common falling into residential (where you usually live in the college) and non-residential (where you train in a context based setting).

Upon successful completion of your course, you will be ordained a deacon by the bishop, and will begin a curacy. Your curacy is an opportunity to serve alongside an experienced priest, putting into practice the knowledge gained from your course and learning from them as you prepare for your own ministry.

As a deacon you are able to do weddings and baptisms, but you must be ordained priest before you can preside over Holy Communion. You will most likely be ordained a priest by the bishop after a year of curacy, provided this is the type of ministry you have been training for.

Details of your local chaplain can be found here. Details of the Ministry Team are here.

"You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit - fruit that will last."

John 15:16


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