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Vocation means what you are called by God to be and do. For some, this is a specific calling to ministry.

For others, it can mean serving God through faithful discipleship in everyday life.

God calls each of us to different tasks.

He gave some to be ‘apostles, some to be prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and some teachers.’ Ephesians 4: 11.

Vocation isn’t just about being ordained – ordination is not for everyone.

Indeed, many of the Church’s ministers are not ordained.

Youth and children’s ministers, evangelists, readers and many chaplains are generally not ordained, and are collectively known as lay ministers who serve alongside the ordained.

While the Church is keen to foster vocations to the ordained ministry, there are many ways in which to serve the Church.

What is Vocation Sunday?

Each year, our Commission on Ministry encourages parishes to set some time aside on the Sunday before Pentecost Sunday (the seventh after Easter) as a Vocation Sunday, to encourage members of their parishes to explore the call of God in their lives.  We hope that the following resources will help in preparation for this event, and in encouraging conversations and discussions about vocation, and serving in ministry.

What can I do as a next step?

If you are wondering what God wants you to do with your life and are keen to explore further the various stages in discerning your call, you will find it helpful to speak with your Rector or local Diocesan Director of Ordinands. They can encourage you, as you prayerfully discern what area of ministry God is calling you to.

Gracious God,
You have called me to life and gifted me in many ways.
Through Baptism You have sent me to continue the mission of Jesus by sharing my love with others. Strengthen me to respond to Your call each day.
Help me to become all You desire of me. Inspire me to make a difference in others’ lives.
Lead me to choose the way of life You have planned for me.
Open the hearts of all to listen to Your call.
Fill all with Your Holy Spirit that we may have listening hearts and the courage to respond to You.
I ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.



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