Already exploring ordination

This page is for those who are currently meeting with someone as part of the discernment process. You have probably begun to see a DDO (Diocesan Director of Ordinands) or an Assistant DDO every few weeks.
It contains information to help you, as you work with them to discern God’s call on your life and perhaps prepare for a Bishops' Advisory Panel (BAP).

A new national discernment process for ordained ministry is being introduced but this has been delayed until 2021 and these pages will be further amended when more details are available. 

Fellowship of Vocation

An opportunity to meet with other people going through the discernment process. Find out more. The group normally meets about four times a year, usually at the Diocesan Office in Leeds.

Introduction to Anglicanism

We run a short course about the basics of Anglicanism one evening a week during Lent. It's important for all potential ordinands that they have a good understanding the Church of England, it's history, it's identity and it's worship. We always have excellent speakers and this is a very useful opportunity for anyone exploring a call to ordination. 

Details will be sent to everyone in the discernment process, and the event will be advertised on our social media.


The diocese holds a collection of books which may be borrowed.
Explore the list of books available.
Email vocations [at] to borrow. These are usually available at the Fellowship of Vocation meetings, and can be returned at later meetings.

Book Reviews

We occasionally post book reviews on our Facebook page. or on the Digital Learning Platform.

Useful Links & Information

A Summary of the Selection Criteria for Ordination


Criteria for selection for Ordained Ministry in the Church of England  - full detailed version

Going to a Bishops' Advisory Panel  

Criteria for selection for ordained Pioneer Ministry  

Booklets and articles you will need to read during the process.

These are compulsory reading for all candidates and your DDO will check that you have read them before you go to a BAP..

Issues in Human Sexuality

Promoting A Safer Church

The Five Guiding Principles

The Five Marks of Mission


It would be especially helpful to read the Ordinal, which is the Order of Service for the ordination of deacons and priests. 


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