Discovering your call ...
We are all called to use our skills and gifts to work with God in growing his kingdom here on earth. As the church we are called to be the body of Christ with each of us having a different function in the same way that different parts of the body have different functions. For most people this means using their God-given passions and giftings to support the work of the church. This could be in administration or working with children or young people, supporting the homeless or the needy. These are vital callings which should be prayerfully offered to your priest. Without people engaging with their vocations in this way the church cannot flourish fully and these are ways every member of the church can contribute effectively to its ministry. We have a page devoted to wider vocations to help you to explore this further.
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. If you feel called to one of these licenced ministries you will normally already be actively serving your church in one or more of the wider vocations discussed earlier.
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:
The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life
Thomas Nelson 2003
Every Good Endeavour: Connecting your Work to God's Plan for the World
Hodder & Stoughton 2012
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