God calls everyone
We are all called
to follow and serve Jesus Christ
to be part of His body, the church
to love each other and
care for the world in which we live.
Some people discover that God may be calling them to quite a specific ‘calling’ and this is sometimes called a ‘vocation’. Vocation means different things to different people. Some people feel called to their daily work or a particular task.
In the church, Vocation is usually about God calling someone to a specific role within the church. All Christians have a calling – to love and serve God at home, work and in church roles. These are all important callings. Some people however sense they are called to a more formal and public role in the church and this is where the Vocations Team comes in.
To begin exploring what God might be calling you to, please visit the digital learning platform and sign up to information from the vocations team. This will let us contact you about things that are happening that might help you work this out and send you occasional mailings which might help you. We won't pass your data to anyone else without your permission and won't bombard you with emails. If you wish to unsubscribe you can do so at any time by clicking on the link or emailing the vocations [at] leeds.anglican.org (subject: Exploring%20Vocation) (vocations team).
How do I find out more?
There are many roles you may be called to, paid and unpaid. Vicar, chaplain, youth worker, lay preacher, evangelist, joining a religious community, planting new churches (pioneer ministry) are just some. Why not take a look at our booklet about vocations to find out more about some of the things you may be called to do or be.
First - speak to your priest or vicar as they will have the best idea as to how realistic your sense of calling is.
Then contact the Vocations Team below who will arrange for you to meet someone to discuss it further.
Finally why not attend one of the following nationally organised events which might help you consider your calling further:
Step Forward - an event held every spring at the Archbishop of York's residence - Bishopthorpe Palace for 18-30 year olds exploring their calling to ordination
Named Known and Called - an event at Cranmer Hall, Durham usually held in the autumn of each year
Deacons on the Move- an event for distinctive deacons and those exploring distinctive deacon ministry organised by York Diocese - this is the report from the event in 2018 but they publish details of upcoming events as and when they are planned.
Alternatively - browse some of the Useful Links further down this page.
Revd Canon Derek Walmsley
Revd Steve Proudlove
Administrator to Diocesan Director of Ordinands & Vocation