As a diocese we believe everyone is called. We believe calling is both general and specific; both corporate and individual; both to the world and to the Church. Some people experience a specific 'call' or 'vocation' to a particular job, role or ministry which may not necessarily be connected with the church e.g. carer, teacher, administrator. Some people receive a specific call to ministry in the church.
If you would like to deepen your faith and explore your calling:
- Talk to your Vicar: They may be able to suggest books for you to read to develop your understanding of ministry and will be able to talk with you about your sense of call.
Join Pathways: Anyone interested in exploring their faith, is invited to come onto the Pathways course. You can start Pathways in September, January or May. You can take up to three modules which will explore some aspects of theology, understanding the Bible and also provides time and space to reflect on the gifts and calling of each participant. Pathways is an online programme and you need access to a computer and Wi-Fi. More information is available here.
Join the Chad Foundations programme: A new one year programme of study designed to give people the opportunity to explore what it means to be called to serve God and others, through recognised lay ministry. Chad Foundations aims to encourage and prepare those who wish to explore a lay calling, including those considering Reader ministry. The programme is designed to be flexible, accessible, and inclusive for those who have busy lives.
- Speak to a Vocations Adviser: Diocesan Vocations Advisers are available for you to speak to about your sense of call. For more information about Vocations Advisers please contact Cath Hughes. If you would like to speak to a Vocations Adviser, please complete this form and email it to Cath Hughes. Before returning the candidate form, please read the information about Working with Sensitive Matters. Before allocating you a Vocations Adviser we will obtain a reference from your incumbent.
Information about different church ministries is provided below (please follow the links):
For information on the discernment process in the diocese please see the flowchart.
The Bishop of Lichfield has guidance on age limits for licensed ministry.
Other non-diocesan vocational routes:
Vocations & Training Courses
We offer a variety of training courses as well as downloadable resources. Please follow the links below or the menu to the right for more information.
- Living Faith (parish or benefice based) - a one year programme for people who would like to deepen their understanding of Christian teaching, and reflect on what it means to have living faith. The Course follows the seasons of the Christian calendar.