God calls each one of us and has given us gifts and skills to serve God and our neighbour.
Is God calling you? The good news is, yes. The words Jesus spoke to the fishermen by the Sea of Galilee, 'Follow me', are still being spoken into the hearts of those who are willing to hear.
On this page we explore:
You might have a burning inner conviction that God has a plan for you, or a nagging feeling that just won’t go away. It can also be called, a vocation.
Often the starting point for exploring a Christian ministry is simply to say to God, like the boy Samuel, “Here I am” (1 Samuel 3.2)
God’s calling involves recognising your God given gifts and looking for opportunities to use them. Through God’s grace, you might discover what you are being called into.
It really could be you God is calling. In fact, God calls men and women of all ages, backgrounds, and ethnic groups, each to play their part in building his kingdom.
Some Christians will be called to ordained ministries, for example, a vicar running a parish.
Some will serve as licensed lay ministers.
And of course, all Christians are called to be witnesses and disciples in their home, school, workplace and local church.
The body of Christ is made up of many parts and every church needs a rich diversity of gifts and callings to serve God faithfully within its community.” The Rev Canon Pamela Ive Diocesan, Director of Ordinands and Vocations
There are so many possibilities of how God might be calling you to express your faith and serve others:
- Pastoral Care
- Hospital chaplaincy
- Work in schools
- Licensed Lay Ministry
- Prayer ministry
- Prison ministry
- Spiritual accompaniment • Youthwork • Healing ministry
- Anna chaplaincy (dementia care)
- Music ministry
- Monastic life
- As a parent or other family member
- In the workplace
We could go on....each is valuable in the sight of God, and we have lots of ways to help you discover God's plan for you.
Why not take a look at some of our dedicated pages on the following:
- Pray... With an open mind and an open heart, ask God how you might become all that he intends you to be and how best you can serve him.
- Reflect… On your unique gifts. What makes you special? What gifts has God given you for growing his kingdom? Are you a good listener, someone with caring skills, keen to share your faith, creative, a natural leader?
- Talk…to your vicar, your family and friends. Those who know you well may be able to see how God might be calling you. They might have spotted it a long time ago and have been waiting for you to recognise it yourself.
- Come…to an It’s Your Calling day. These are run by our team of vocations advisers in different venues throughout the year. You’ll have a chance to meet people on a similar quest and have time and space to reflect on what exciting plans God has in store for you.
Here are some of the opportunities we have available to help you explore your calling:
'It’s Your Calling' days are reflective days, aimed at those exploring where God may be calling them. They are an opportunity to look at our individual journeys of faith and the gifts that God has given us, as well as the Biblical understanding of vocation.
The day gives an opportunity to meet others on a similar quest and to take time to think about where God could be calling you. After an It’s Your Calling day, there is an opportunity to make contact with one of our Vocations Adviser, for an informal chat.
'It's Your Calling' days are usually held three times each year, and generally take place during the day on a Saturday.
Vocations Advisers are not there to promote one type of ministry, but to listen to your story and to help discern what God might be saying; they are there for you. If at any time you would like to speak with a Vocations Adviser, you should first speak with your incumbent and then contact the Vocations Adviser in your Archdeaconry.
Bromley and Bexley Archdeaconry
The Rev Alison Newman
The Rev Jim Fletcher
The Rev Wil North
Each Archdeaconry has a team of men and women, lay and ordained, who are able to help. You can also email the Diocesan team direct on: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gifts and talents need developing so, when you are clear as to what your future calling or ministry might be, we’ll be delighted to help you find the appropriate training.
- Church of England national vocations pages
- The Church Army
- The Church Pastoral Aid Society run ministry weekends and taster weeks
- The religious life and orders within the Church of England
The Rev Canon Pamela Ive
Diocesan, Director of Ordinands and Vocations