Discovering your call ...

We are all called to use our skills and gifts to work with God in growing his kingdom here on earth. As the church we are called to be the body of Christ with each of us having a different function in the same way that different parts of the body have different functions. For most people this means using their God-given passions and giftings to support the work of the church.  This could be in administration or working with children or young people, supporting the homeless, reading the lesson in services, serving during the lliturgy. These are vital callings which should be prayerfully offered to your priest.  Without people serving in this way the church cannot flourish fully and these are ways every member of the church can contribute effectively to its ministry.  We have a page devoted to wider vocations to help you to explore this further.

For some this could mean being ordained as a priest or a distinctive deacon. It could mean following a path towards being a licensed evangelist or joining one of the Anglican religious orders, or working within your church as a Licenced Lay Minister (formerly known as a Reader). All these are licensed ministries and require formal selection processes and take time to explore and train for the roles. If you feel called to one of these licenced ministries you will already be actively serving your church in one or more of the voluntary roles above. 

If you’re unsure what your role is within the church, why not read some of the recommended books below. These can help you explore how God is calling you into his work. We encourage you to consider the many and varied ways in which a vocation can be played out as you begin to develop your understanding of what might work for you:

Cover image of The Call by Os Guinnes

The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life
Os Guinness
Thomas Nelson 2003




Image of cover of Timothy Keller's Every Good EndeavourEvery Good Endeavour: Connecting your Work to God's Plan for the World
Timothy Keller
Hodder & Stoughton 2012




Hearing the CallHearing the Call: Stories of Young Vocation
Jonathan Lawson & Gordon Mursell
SPCK 2014




I think it's God CallingI think it's God Calling: A Vocation Diary
Katy Magdalene Price
BRF 2015



How to find your VocationHow to Find Your Vocation: A Guide to Discovering the Work You Love 
John Adair 
Canterbury Press 2000




Called or CollaredCalled or Collared? - An Alternative Approach to Vocation
Francis Dewar
SPCK 2000




This is our CallingThis is Our Calling
Charles Richardson
SPCK 2004




Steel Angels Steel Angels: The Personal Qualities of a Priest
Magdalen Smith
SPCK 2014




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