All are called to serve
All of us have particular talents and abilities. We do them because we enjoy them. But more importantly because they give us a sense of fulfilment and help us to serve God.
A vocation is something that we believe God calls us to do. Every single one of us has a calling, a vocation, and we all need to try to work out what it is.
What is God calling you to?
There are many opportunities in the Church for you to use your talents and abilities to serve God’s community. These are some of the paths available:
Children’s, Youth & Families Worker
Connecting with all ages of our communities.
Children, Youth & Families Workers are those involved in helping the church serve families and young people in their community. There is a diverse range of ways people might be involved in this type of ministry, from running Sunday school, Messy Church or youth groups, to going into local schools and working with young people out in the community.
The first port of call in the local community.
Focal Minsters are individuals who are a key point of access to the Church, where a vicar may not be present. Focal Ministers do not need to be ordained. They may be involved in worship, in mission and outreach, or in pastoral care in their local congregation and community.
Licensed Lay Minister
Preaching, teaching and encouraging with the good news of Jesus Christ.
Licensed Lay Ministers (sometimes called Readers) have a ministry of teaching and preaching the Christian faith. This will often involve leading worship in church, but also may include teaching in bible studies or small groups. Other roles may include leading school worship, funerals, alternative worship and hospital visiting or other chaplaincy work.
Offering a ‘ministry of presence’ to those in need.
Pastoral Visitors are there to represent the Church through a ‘ministry of presence’, a ministry which is fundamentally about listening. Pastoral Visitors are involved with visiting people such as those who are unwell, recently bereaved, in residential homes, or simply needing company.
Nurturing and leading ‘fresh expressions of church’ amongst those who are exploring discipleship and faith for the first time.
A Pioneer Minister is someone whose ministry is primarily outside of the existing church. They are tasked with finding new, imaginative and exciting ways to engage with people who otherwise wouldn’t have the chance to explore faith and spirituality. Some Pioneer Ministers are also ordained to administer the sacraments (including baptism and Holy Communion).
A ministry of service, leadership and mission, helping and enabling other Christians to realise their potential.
Priests share in people’s life journeys, walking with them and standing alongside them in both their joys and sorrows. Alongside pastoral care, preaching, and teaching, the priest is also called to celebrate the sacraments (including baptism and holy communion). Some priests are paid a wage (a stipend), while others are financially self-supporting. Non-Stipendiary Ministers (local) are Priests who are ordained to work in a geographically defined area.
So what’s the next step?
Pray and take some time to listen to what God is calling you to.
Talk to friends, family and your parish priest to help you discern your calling.
Read as much as you can and to develop your understanding of what you feel called to.