Vocation to what?

last updated on: 9th Jun 2011

As a Christian, you can have a vocation to any number of roles: being a parent or carer, working as a volunteer in the community, being a teacher, being a probation officer, working in the health or prison services, even working in politics or the law or business or industry.

Being a priest is another way to follow and serve God in his world – but it is a particular way, and one that might be in the back of your mind as you are reading this. Indeed, this is what lots of people mean when they use the word ‘vocation’. But you don’t have to be a priest: there are lots of other ways in which the Church enables people to undertake particular roles and tasks in mission – as you will see below. 

What can I do then – and how do I find out about what’s possible?

Information on the following nationally recognised ministries can be found at the Church of England website on vocation and ministry:

  • Ordained ministry
  • Accredited lay ministry 
  • Pioneer ministry
  • Reader ministry 
  • Church Army 
  • The religious life (monks and nuns) 

Some other ministries (e.g. Evangelists) are locally authorised 
The link  http://www.leicester.anglican.org/diocesan-info/subsite/school-for-ministry has contact details for further information within the Leicester Diocese if you are interested in the following authorized ministries:

  • Ordained Ministry
  • Reader Ministry
  • Pastoral Assistant Ministry
  • Evangelist
  • Children and Young People’s Work

In addition to the above authorized ministries there are a number of ministry specialisms and contact details for further information on these within the Leicester Diocese are also available at http://www.leicester.anglican.org/diocesan-info/subsite/school-for-ministry

Specialisms include: Interfaith Engagement, Spiritual Direction, Fresh Expressions.

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