Resources and courses
If you are wondering where God is calling you, the most important thing to do is to pray. You may like to use some of the prayers in this Prayer booklet.
Courses and conferences, directed at specific kinds of ministry, are also organised. For example:
Emerging leaders’ weekend 14-16 December 2018
The Centre for Theology and Community (CTC) in East London, runs a project called the Vocations Project. CTC is a charity which aims to equip churches to transform their communities through community organising and missional enterprise, rooted in theological reflection and prayer. You can take a look at their website here. The Vocations Project aims to create safe spaces for people to consider their vocation, whatever it may be, and to discern what God’s plans for their life may be, outside of the pressures that we often face in society when it comes to work. On December the 14th-16th, they will be running a discernment weekend which will include bible study, prayerful reflection, talks from those who are on a vocational journey and information about available opportunities. They will also share food and have fun together.
Accommodation is available for those who travel to attend.
If you would like any more information on the project or the event, please drop Laura an email via firstname.lastname@example.org
“Step Forward” and consider ordination in the Anglican church.
What is “Step Forward“? A day for anyone aged 18 to 30 considering ordained ministry in the Church of England on Saturday 2nd March 2019 in York.
There will be:
- Time for worship, prayer and Bible study
- An opportunity to find out what being ordained is really like – its highs and lows
- Space to look at your own experience and what God might be calling you to in the future
- The chance to discover how the selection process and ordination training programmes work
Seeking the Way, a course for laypeople seeking to know better how and where to serve God and his Church. For the 2018 brochure please click here and read testimonials from previous Seeking The Way delegates here, or watch a video on our Facebook page. The course will next happen in the Autumn of 2019 and dates will be set in Spring 2019.
Here are some answers to frequently asked questions, but if you have any other queries please speak to Charles Burch, Diocesan Vocations Officer Email Charles. Read about what someone who has been on the course thought about it. Ash is at the end of his first year of ordination training.
There are various small groups around the diocese who meet in homes to study GOLD Open Learning courses (Group-based Open Learning Discipleship) . There are new courses starting in the New Year. In Preston, near Hitchin, the course will be Discover Christian Living (Part 1) the letters of Paul starting on Wednesday 16th January at 9.45-10.00 until 11.30am and thereafter ever fortnight until 27th March. This is tutored by Meta Reeves Tel: 01462 456567 email email@example.com . Amanda Furlong will be tutoring The Old Testament Prophets in Colney Heath and would welcome new students. Tel 01727 825601 email firstname.lastname@example.org. A new course will also start in Maulden; more details will follow. For more information contact the GOLD Project. For more information go to www.goldproject.org.
BELIEF Bedford has courses running; see their current courses here.
BELIEF Bedford was set up in 2006 by a group of Christians in and around Bedford who wanted to create opportunities for high quality, accessible Christian education in this area
For information on the wide range of ministerial opportunities in the Church of England, click here
- The Church Pastoral Aid Society runs weekend courses for people considering ordination. Each weekend provides opportunities for participants to listen to how God is leading them, hear Bible teaching, gather information, ask questions, talk in confidence with impartial advisers and share fellowship with others who are considering their call. The next weekend is in May 2017. More details are available here.
- The Church Army has a ‘First Contact’ project inviting people to spend a year with them
- Take the opportunity to explore the possibility of ordained ministry at a local or National Vocation Conference: See events listed on the ‘call waiting’ website: Call Waiting website
- The Eastern Region Ministry Course can be found here.