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Vocation and selection
- Vocations Development Officer and Diocesan Director of Ordinands
- Vocations Advisors
God calls all of us and we all have vocations or callings to many different roles. Some people, young and old, are called by God to be ordained.
Church of England clergy do all sorts of things apart from taking services and drinking tea! Whilst most work in parishes, others are involved in industry, schools and universities. Others are pioneering youth congregations or fresh expressions of church. Not all clergy are full time and not all clergy are paid by the Church. Some clergy have paid employment or other sources of income and give time voluntarily to the Church: they are sometimes called Non-Stipendiary Ministers (NSMs).
There is a careful selection process. If you feel a call to authorised ministry, the first step is to talk to your vicar or chaplain. After a few conversations, they may refer you to your local Deanery Training Adviser to explore the different authorised ministries within the church. If the call may be to ordained ministry they will refer you to the Diocesan Director of Ordinands (DDO). Of course, not everyone's situation fits neatly into this process so the DDO is happy to be contacted for advice.
As part of the process you will be asked to have a number of conversations, perhaps visit some churches or go on placement. You will also be asked to read some relevant books and possibly undertake some study. The process takes considerable time, and all of this will help you, and those involved in selection, to discern the right path. A local selection panel is held which will recommend whether you should attend a national Bishops Advisory Panel. It is this last panel which decides whether you can enter training for the ordained ministry.
Information and downloads for Vocations Sunday are in the Downloads section (see tab above)
Vocations Development Officer and Diocesan Director of Ordinands
The Rev'd Peter Clement
01768 807777 - Ext 220 (office landline)
07823 415815 (mobile)
If you would like to talk to somebody about God’s calling to you, Vocations Advisors are there to help.
Your first point of contact should be one of the three Vocations Advisor Co-ordinators. Their details are:
North Archdeaconry (Carlisle)
Co-ordinator: Janet Cox
South Archdeaconry (Westmorland and Furness)
Co-ordinator: Maureen Stevens
West Archdeaconry (West Cumberland)
Co-ordinator: Jonathan Falkner
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