Developing a church vocation

There are many ways to serve your local church. You might like to simply try volunteering for different things, and then see whether you enjoy it and whether it brings you a sense of satisfaction.

Also there are more formal licensed and authorised ministries for lay people:-

And then there is Ordained Ministry, which can take many different forms. 

Some people may feel they're being called to a monastic order, or to be a missionary...

To help you keep exploring, try all or some of these things:-

  • Talk it through with friends
  • Talk it through with your Minister
  • Try the Growing as a Disciple Course
  • Contact the Vocations Team by emailing
    • The team will arrange for you to be booked on to a Vocations Course and ask you for a little preliminary paperwork. During or after the Vocations Course you will be able to ask for a Vocations Adviser (VA). Our team of VAs, both lay and ordained, will help you explore and prepare for discernment events for particular ministries in more details. This does not necessarily have to lead to that ministry - but we hope whatever happens, it will give you a new ‘vision’ for a role in your church, community, work, or home.

Explorers Evenings

Explorers Evenings are frequently held in the Diocese and are great ways to find out more about becoming an ALM, LLM or Chaplain and the many pathways available.


Foundations for Ministry

Foundations for Ministry is a 1-year non-accredited course delivered by the Eastern Region Ministry Course (ERMC)

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