Explore your Christian calling

All Christians are called to use their gifts to serve God and others in the name of Christ

God creates each of us for a purpose and gives us a unique place in the world. Christians describe this as our calling or 'vocation'. Vocation is about the whole of human life, not just what we do in church.

We offer a range of authorised ministries that serve the ministry and mission of the whole church and work collaboratively at all levels.  Discovering what God is calling us to be and to do is a life-long process, as we grow individually and the needs around us change. Prayer, reflection, Bible study and conversation with your parish priest or other Christian friends can all help us to listen to what God is asking of us.

In this diocese we offer training for different ministries.

Please download the leaflet below for an overview or visit the different ministries' pages in this section of the website - see the menu bar on the right hand side.  

Exploring your ministry leaflet | PDF

Key dates | weblink

To find out more, you can visit the different ministries' pages in this section of the website (see the menu bar on the right hand side) or if you would like help and support from a member of our team please contact the relevant person below:

The Revd Canon Dave Gardner, Director of Mission and Ministry

Contact for: Mission and Ministry

Email  |  01473 298521

Lesley Steed, Senior Administrator for Mission and Ministry

Contact for: General Mission and Ministry enquiries

Email  |  01473 298510

The Revd Stuart Batten, Diocesan Director of Ordinands

Contact for: Ordination training

Email  |  01473 298510

The Revd Phil Dykes, Diocesan Mission Enabler

Contact for: Vocations

Email  |  01473 298500

Ruth Dennigan, Discipleship and Ministry Development Officer

Contact for: Reader and Elder training and discipleship training events

Email  |  07468 474252

Matt Levett, Diocesan Youth and Young Adults Officer

Contact for: Youth ministry training

Email  |  01473 298515

Hilary Wordsworth-Sewell, Diocesan Children's and Families' Enabler

Contact for: Children's and Families' ministry training

Email  |  07776 418344 

Archdeacon Sally Gaze, Archdeacon for Rural Mission

Contact for: Lightwave and Pioneer training

Email  |  07446 933129


Further resources

The Church of England website 'Exploring a call to ministry or religious life' offers a comprehensive overview of vocation and includes guidance on selection and training:  

Church of England Exploring Vocation | Weblink

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