Vocation: God Calls Everyone
Welcome to the Diocese of Leeds Vocations web pages! Please use the menu to navigate around the Vocations pages - you'll find this on the left on a PC/tablet or above on a mobile.
COVID-19 and VOCATIONS: During the current pandemic, most of the work of the Vocations Team is being managed from home, but the process continues as normally as possible. Gatherings and interviews will normally be conducted by Zoom meetings. For more information about covid-19 and the situation in the Diocese of Leeds, please click this link.
- Clicking on Latest News will take you to recent news stories from the Diocese about Vocation
- Understanding Vocation is a page to help you think about how God guides us
- Discovering your call helps you think about the options. Everyone is a called, but not necessarily to ordained ministry and there are varieties of ordained ministry
- "Called to Ordained Ministry" takes you straight to a page for those who think God may be calling them to be ordained.
- Under Thirty? does what it says on the tin! You don't have to wait until you have a mid-life crisis to think about ordination!
- There's a dedicated page about Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic vocations
- There are pages for those who already exploring ordination with us
- Useful links will point you to some other websites and resources
The Vocations Team: What we do
In every Church of England diocese there is a Director of Ordinands (DDO). The Diocesan Director of Ordinands is appointed by the bishop to oversee (on his behalf) the process of selecting, training, choosing an appropriate curacy, and ordination of new clergy. In the Diocese of Leeds, we have a DDOV - the V is for Vocations, and the role includes the encouraging of all vocations, lay or ordained. So most of the Vocations Team's time involves working with those exploring a call to ordained ministry, but we are here to support and encourage everyone to discover God's purpose for our lives, especially in formal roles within their local church. You will find more about lay vocations on the Lay Training pages.
The Vocations Team supports ordination candidates through the whole discernment process, including their formal training, right up to the day of their ordination as deacon. After that, responsibility passes to the Clergy Development Team.
The Church of England's national web page about vocation is run by Ministry Team (formerly known as Ministry Division). Click on the logo above to go to their page. They also have a page specifically about Calling.
We're also on social media:
Meet the team
Revd Canon Derek Walmsley
Derek is available to preach/speak at services and meetings across the Diocese.
During the pandemic he can provide short video talks on vocation for inclusion in services.
Revd Steve Proudlove
Steve's role is half time, combined with his parish priest role in Menston.
Jjenice.guild [at] leeds.anglican.org (enice Guild)
A small network of Assistant DDOs help with the ordained vocations discernment process.
They are all experienced parish priests from across the Diocese, appointed by the Bishop.
(Not all of them are pictured here)