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. For further information click on the ministry links or contact names below. Aternatively please download the leaflet below for an overview:
|Children’s and Families’ ministry||The intentional building of relationships between the church and families within the local community, so that flourishing church congregations reflect the age range of their communities. It is also a ministry that encourages parents to be the primary disciple-makers of their children.||Hilary Wordsworth-Sewell|
An opportunity to serve a number of sectors in our communities including: police, air cadets, hospitals, hospices, schools, deaf chaplaincy, prison, RAF, British Legion, army, agriculture and Felixstowe port.
|Archdeacon of Suffolk|
|Elder||People who are chosen by the local church to support their incumbent, some may focus on assisting with leading worship, while others may fulfil a pastoral ministry within their communities.||Lesley Steed|
|Evangelist||For those who have a passion for sharing faith with those outside the church and are also encouragers and enablers for those within the church to do likewise. An Evangelist will be someone wanting to see people come to faith in Jesus Christ and become part of the wider Church.||The Revd Phil Dykes|
|Lightwave Leader||Someone who facilitates, guides and cares for groups who pray, study the Bible and see themselves as a group on a mission with Jesus. The group may form a core team for a Fresh Expression of church for those new to faith.||Archdeacon Sally Gaze|
|Ordained Minister||Priests and Deacons are called to represent the church in the wider world. They lead the church’s mission and ministry through worship and prayer, preaching and teaching, community engagement and pastoral work.||The Revd Canon Stuart Batten|
|Pioneer||Lay Pioneers are people called by God and are gifted to discern and creatively respond to the Holy Spirit’s initiatives with those outside the church; their charismatic enthusiasm encourages others to gather around them as they seek to establish new contextual Christian communit||Archdeacon Sally Gaze|
|Reader||Reader ministry is a nationally recognised lay ministry, where people are trained and licensed to preach, teach, lead worship and assist in pastoral, evangelistic and liturgical work, providing a bridge between the Church and the world.||Lesley Steed|
|School Foundation Governor||For people who wish to preserve and develop the religious character of a school, ensuring that the Church of England’s Vision for Education is lived. If you are being called to make a real and positive difference in children’s lives, do explore being a school governor||Jacqui Studd|
|Spiritual Director||An ancient ministry, sometimes called spiritual accompaniment or prayer guidance, or soul friendship. It is about taking the time to meet with another person to reflect on our relationship with the God who loves us and on where and who God is in our lives at the present time.||Sue Piper and Carla Hampton.|
|Youth Minister||Youth Ministers want to help young people see and investigate their own qualities in light of their relationship with God for themselves and in community with the wider church family.||Matt Levett|
|Recognised Local Leader||A Local Minister will be committed to the local church, prayerfully discerning God’s will for that place, wanting to see the church community grow and flourish.||The Revd Phil Dykes|
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
Mentor Directory: This resource is for those at any stage on the journey towards lay or ordained ministerial vocations, who might feel that they would like to have a knowledgeable friend, who is like them, to accompany them along the way. All the mentors are volunteers who are passionate about supporting people from underrepresented groups on their vocational journey. Your mentor will not be making decisions on your process or be your advocate. You and your mentor decide when, how, and how often to meet and they will walk with you for as long as you need them to.
The Mentor Directory | Weblink