From the Archbishop of Canterbury:
Do You Have a Calling? The good news is Yes! You have!
Our first calling is to live life in all its fullness and to represent Christ in the world. This is our common calling as Christians.
All who are baptised are called to ministry, whether that is lay or ordained. The Church needs a wide variety of ministers in order to serve all people. God calls young people and older ones, wealthy and poorer. The Church’s ministers come from all walks of life, social classes, ethnic backgrounds and educational abilities.
You may be feeling excited, anxious, uncertain or inadequate but the Holy Spirit will lead, prepare and equip you as you move forward in faith and obedience. Above all be open to God’s surprises!
But there is a further calling, a particular calling, sometimes called a ‘vocation’ which is not for everyone but may be for you. This particular calling is to serve God and all people through one of the Church’s authorised lay or ordained ministries. For this particular calling you have to allow your sense of vocation to be tested by the Church through its discernment processes. Click here to see the Church of England vocation information.
From the St Albans Vocations Team: Seeking direction?
The Vocations Team has the task of encouraging and nourishing vocation across the diocese. If you would like to explore your vocation please speak to your incumbent who will contact one of the Advisers from your archdeaconry. Click Here to discover who to contact. There are three or four Vocations Advisers in each Archdeaconry, and it is their role to advise both clergy and those wishing to explore their vocation to any form of ministry in the Church. The team comprises both lay and ordained people.