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Are you being called by God? Revd Augustine Nwaekwe reflects on vocation to ordained ministry. Watch the video.

Some people feel a specific calling to ordained ministry (being a 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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