God is calling!

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. Information about different church ministries is provided below (please follow the links):

Lay Ministries

Reader Ministry


The Bishop of Lichfields guidance on age limits for licensed ministry are available here.

  • 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.
  • Attend Living CallingFirst steps in the discernment process.
  • Vocations Advisor: Diocesan Vocations Advisors are available for you to speak to about your sense of call. Please contact Cath Hughes (email) if you would like to speak to an Advisor.
  • Join Pathways: Anyone interested in exploring their vocation, is invited to come onto the Pathways course. Pathways starts in September each year and is made up of four Saturdays and fifteen evenings over the year, ending in June. During the year, candidates will explore some aspects of theology, understanding the Bible and reflect on the practice of ministry and the future of the Church. Pathways also provides time and space to reflect on the gifts and calling of each participant and participants are helped to determine what their next steps will be. More information is available here.  

Other non-diocesan vocational routes:

Church Army Evangelist

Religious Life

Vocations & Training Courses

We offere a variety of training courses as well as downloadable resources.  Please follow the below links, or the menue to the right, for more information.

Training Courses

  • Living Calling - a series of Bible studies and workshops which provide space to explore first steps in calling and what it means to live out your vocation
  • 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.
  • Pathways - 'A Year of Vocational Reflection' Anyone interested in exploring their vocation (including, but not limited to, lay ministry or ordination), is invited to come on the pathways course
  • Living Discipleship - The living discipleship programme has replaced the Authorised Lay Ministry Course and will be available from November 2019


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