Understanding Vocation

The word vocation is defined simply as a strong feeling of suitability for a particular career or occupation and so there is a sense in which every member of the Body of Christ has a vocation to a specific ministry in the Church.  The Apostle Paul tells us in the fourth chapter of Ephesians that some are called to be Prophets, some Apostles and some Teachers with the purpose of building up the Body of Christ and there is a sense in which no single vocation is better than or superior to any other.  The Church needs committee  lay as well as ordained and religious.

We want you to try and consider what form of ministry is God calling you to?  And you almost certainly will need help and support as you progress through this process.  Initially you need to ask yourself whether you feel called to

The Ordained Ministry within the Church be that priest or deacon

The Religious Life and there are many communities in England for both men and women.

A form of Accredited Lay Ministry or Reader in the Church

Whatever and it is not about passing or failing, but just discerning God’s will and purpose for you by virtue of our baptism everyone of us is called to be a committed Christian who lives out  the Gospel in every area of their lives and who offers their time, talent and energy to the service of the Lord in the Church.


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