you’re as sure as you can be that you feel called to
ordained ministry in the Church of England, you’re
probably wondering what to do next. We
suggest you pray, read and talk to help keep your
calling moving forward.
It will help you to explore and to reflect more
deeply on your sense of call. This is a lengthy
process, and you mustn’t rush it! What can be more
important than discovering what God has in store for
you—for his glory, and for the good of his Church.
Every year, vocations events
are held all over the country, including our annual
and our new CALL
More information is in the booklet Vocations Events,
available from the
And please feel free to
get in touch with us at the Ministry Division.
Spend time in prayer, asking God for the
guidance of his Holy Spirit.
Ask to be given the grace to be open to whatever
God may be calling you to do, and the courage to
say Yes to that call.
We’ve compiled some
prayers to help you.
It’s essential that you read as much as you
can, so we’ve compiled a
reading list to
One of the signs of a vocation is that it is
well-informed—and for it to be informed, you
need to gain some understanding of what it is
you feel called to do.
For instance, if you have a calling to ordained
ministry, you’ll need to have done some reading
on what that is and what you’d do. And to have
done some reading on all the
criteria for selection
will be of enormous help.
You’ll need to talk to a lot of people about
discerning your calling:
- Your first port of call should normally be your parish priest or
chaplain. They will put you in touch with a
vocations adviser or the diocesan
director of ordinands (DDO), who will
want to talk about your life journey so far in
quite a bit of depth.
- In the course of
exploring your vocation, you’ll probably meet
other people exploring theirs. Spend time
sharing with them and listening—it can help you
to reflect on God’s presence and calling in your
own life in a new way.
- If you can,
share your thoughts with your family and
friends. They know you well—sometimes better
than you know yourself— and will be quick to
tell you whether they think this is the wrong
idea or, more likely, that your vocation comes
as no surprise to them. Family and friends can
be a source of wonderful support and
encouragement in your vocational journey, but it
is understood that not everyone has that
We’ve compiled some links to other websites which
you may find helpful.
is a great way to explore your calling. Check out our list of
recommended reading, or ask around.
We’ve collected together some prayers relating to vocation.
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