Fruit that lasts

All of the nearly 30,000 serving ministers, both lay and ordained across the Church of England, are being encouraged to hold at least one conversation a month about vocation with someone different from themselves, in a campaign unveiled today by the Church of England.

The Great Vocations Conversation, which will officially launch on Vocations Sunday (April 22), invites licensed and ordained ministers to sign up to a series of reflections and prayers on talking and praying about a range of vocations – from the priesthood to living out the Christian faith in everyday working life.

The campaign builds on the 14% increase last year in those entering training for ordination – the highest figure for a decade - and the work of the Setting God’s People Free programme aimed at encouraging the vocations of Christians who are not called to ordained or licensed ministry.

Research has indicated that personal conversation and relationships are among the most effective means for encouraging vocations.

Head of Vocation for the Church of England, Catherine Nancekievill said:

“Each of us has a unique part to play in building the Kingdom of God. Vocational living means responding to God with our whole selves. Others are often much better at seeing our gifts than we are, so personal conversation is among the best ways to uncover someone’s vocation.”

Pamela Ive, Diocesan Director of Ordinands and Vocation for Rochester Diocese said: “Think about a conversation which you had which triggered your exploration or confirmed that vocation for you. Who can you speak to and encourage them to explore where God is calling them? I would be happy to talk to any minister, lay or ordained about a conversation which they have had.”

The Diocese of Rochester’s Vocations team holds a number of ‘It’s Your Calling’ days throughout the year to help people explore how they may be being called: the next is being held on Saturday 12 May 2018, Christ Church Orpington. They are for everyone, not just for those exploring ordained or authorised ministry. There are also a number of resources available on the website too here.

If you would like to speak to someone about your vocation, please contact Pamela Ive,

For national Vocation and Vocation Sunday resources click here

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