The Vocations Team is concerned with identifying and encouraging the gifts of all and developing new routes to lay and ordained ministry. They assess candidates for ordained ministry, Reader ministry, pioneer ministry and support Ordinands as they progress, as well as manage and develop the young vocations initiative.
Vocation is about calling, and our baptism heralds a call to ministry for all Christians. The vocations team within the diocese helps those who want to explore the nature of God’s calling and what that might mean in terms of service. This continues into appropriate preparation and training for ministry, lay and ordained.
Jill Perrett, Lay Ministries Developer, is responsible for encouraging lay vocations, including commended and licenced vocations (e.g. Reader, Lay Worship Assistant, Lay Pastoral Assistant, Lay Chaplains, Evangelists, Pioneers…). But more than that she also encourages lay people to perceive the opportunities for ministry in their workplaces and communities. If you feel God is calling you to serve him further in your workplace, society, or church, contact Jill. Her contact details are in side panel. Jill will put you in touch with a Chaplain to discuss things further.
For those who want to explore a calling to ordained ministry we have a Director of Vocations, (Revd Sue Rose). She works with a group of advisers, Vocations Chaplains, spread across the diocese with two in each archdeaconry. They are available to listen with enquirers to what God is saying. Contact Sue (see panel at the side) who will put you in touch with a Chaplain to discuss things further.
Because the formative period of an ordained person’s journey is critical, the Director of Vocations is also involved in Initial Ministerial Education (IME). IME covers the minister’s curacy i.e. the first four years of ordained ministry. That said, discerning vocations is not confined to just the beginning of a role within the church or the wider world. Vocation is an on-going process that shapes and directs us throughout our lives while we are open to God’s leading.
You might like to also visit our “What am I supposed to do with my life?” page.