ALL ARE CALLED: When Jesus said to James & John, ‘Come, follow me,’ he meant it not just for his disciples then, nor only for clergy or church leaders now, but for all Christians. Each of us has a vocation, a call, to follow Jesus Christ and strive to serve him for the good of others in the life of his Church.
PARTICULAR CALLINGS: This sense of vocation is sometimes more specific, that God is calling you to a particular work or ministry – whether that sense is within you or from others. As well as praying and listening to God, the best thing you can do about this is to talk about it to someone who knows you already – whether your own parish priest or another church leader, and of course family and friends.
HOW THE DIOCESE CAN HELP: The Director of Vocations & Ordinands, Revd Neil Patterson, is always ready to meet individuals to discuss their sense of particular calling. Those interested in ordination or Reader ministry should normally speak first to their own parish priest. Neil can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01584 871080 (email better as he is only intermittently in the office).
There is more information about Reader Ministry here
YOUNG PEOPLE IN MINISTRY: The Diocese, together with the Church of England as a whole, is very keen to promote young vocations to ministry. To this end we run “Discover” our programme under the Church of England Ministry Experience Scheme (CEMES) for young people (18-30) to spend a year in parish-based ministry. We are now recruiting for September 2017 - follow the link for more information.