Information about different types of ministry and who to contact for support and advice about exploring your faith
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God is calling
Is God calling you into ministry?
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All Christians are called by God, by virtue of our baptism, to enjoy his love, to love God in return and to serve God and others in our lives. Another way of describing our ‘calling’ is to talk about ‘vocation’, a word which comes from the Latin word “vocare” meaning ‘to call’.
Vocation doesn't just apply to those people who are called to authorised ministry. All Christians have a vocation to witness to the transforming love of God through worship and service to others, using the gifts that God has given them.
Christ has no body now on earth but ours,
No hands but ours, no feet but ours;
Ours are the eyes through which to look out
Christ’s compassion to the world
Ours are the feet with which he is to go about doing good,
And ours are the hands with which he is to bless men and women now.
St Teresa of Avila (1515–82)
An opportunity to explore and encourage God’s calling to discipleship and service for the whole people of God. Resources for worship, preaching, small group work, and individual exploration can be downloaded from
Vocation Sunday is an obvious opportunity for a church to explore this theme with all their congregations. An excellent range of resources (sermons/talks, prayers, activities, sketches) are available on the Church of England's official website. Visit www.cofe-ministry.org.uk and follow the links to ‘Vocation Sunday’.
The Co-ordinator for Vocations and Spirituality
The Revd Ian Cowley:
01722 411944, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ian is responsible for encouraging individuals, parishes and communities to recognise that God calls each of us to his service. He is there to offer advice on both traditional and fresh expressions of Christian service, both lay and ordained, and assist people in their journey of discernment. Along with other members of the Ministry Team he is available to speak to individuals, parish and deanery groups together with schools and colleges and oversees the provision of vocational literature and day conferences.
Area Vocations Team
The area vocations team works in cooperation with the Co-ordinator for Vocations and Spirituality, Ramsbury Team, Sherborne Area Office, Rural Deans and local clergy to keep vocations on the agenda. They are local points of contact and sources of vocational information to individuals and to parishes. They can, where appropriate, meet people who are beginning to think about Christian service assisting them in their reflections and offering ongoing support.