Discovering your call ...
We are all called to use our skills and gifts to work with God in growing his kingdom here on earth. There are many different ways that can be expressed. For some this could mean being ordained as a priest or a distinctive deacon or following a path towards being a licensed evangelist or joining one of the Anglican religious orders, or working within your church as a lay minister known as a Reader. All these are licensed ministries and require formal selection processes and take time to explore and train for the roles. Find out more about Licensed Ministries.
There are others within the church who have gifts and passions for worship or working with children and young people or administration. These are all important callings which serve and help the church to grow and flourish and which we would encourage you to prayerfully offer to your priest. Find out more about Wider Vocations.
If you’re unsure what your role is within the church, why not read some of the recommended books below. These can help you explore how God is calling you into his work. We encourage you to consider the many and varied ways in which a vocation can be played out as you begin to develop your understanding of what might work for you:
Hearing the Call: Stories of Young Vocation
Jonathan Lawson & Gordon Mursell
I think it's God Calling: A Vocation Diary
Katy Magdalene Price
How to Find Your Vocation: A Guide to Discovering the Work You Love
Canterbury Press 2000
Called or Collared? - An Alternative Approach to Vocation
This is Our Calling
Steel Angels: The Personal Qualities of a Priest