You did not choose me, but I chose you, and … appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last. John 15.16
Every Christian has a calling from God – every Christian has a unique vocation which we alone can fulfil. Created and made in the image of God we are called to live life in all its fullness and reflect something of the life of Christ in service to the world - in the local church and in the wider community. This is our common calling as Christians. There are lots of ways we can do this – through our jobs, our families and friends, through volunteering, in our church communities, by preaching and teaching, by travelling to spread God’s word or to help people, and by offering our lives to God through joining a religious community or seeking ordination as a deacon or priest.
Hearing God’s call for your life is not always straightforward – and working out whether you have a call to ministry is not something you can do alone. But if you feel that you may be called to a particular role in the Church there are people who will help you to make sense of your calling, whether it is to ordained ministry or to some other role. We can help you to identify your skills and passions so that you can find ways of using your unique gifts as part of the Body of Christ in the world.
The Vocations Team is led by the Diocesan Director of Ordinands The Rev'd Claire Robson. She works alongside a team of clergy who help people to discover what God is asking of them. Ordained ministry certainly isn't for everyone and so we take care to get to know people and help them to explore their sense of calling, seeking the help of those who know you well both within your church and in the community where you live and work.
Here's how we do it:
Links to help you explore other forms of ministry:
Link to explore the various Church of England ministries:
Some useful Links:
(Vocations in the Church of England)
CPAS Vocations Advice
(from the Church Pastoral Aid Society
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