Responding to God’s calling.


Vocation is a wide area, as it covers the calling of all Christians to follow God’s particular calling for their lives, and to use their gifts in his service. Much of this exploration will take place at parish level, whether this is to do with vocations in the wider world, or particular avenues of service in the church.

Are you interested in ordained ministry in the Church?

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Vocation and Ministry - Where do I start? - an introductory leaflet.

Further information is available from: www.cofe.anglican.org/lifeevents/ministry. This gives full details of the various forms of ordained and accredited ministry available in the Church of England.



Revd Stephen Race

In the Diocese of Wakefield all enquiries are handled initially by the Diocesan Director of Ordinands, Revd Stephen Race. 
He welcomes inquiries – contact him

on stephen.race@wakefield.anglican.org.


Revd Joy Cousans

Assistant Diocesan Director of Ordinands
Revd Joy Cousans

Revd Angela Dick

Assistant Diocesan Director of Ordinands
Revd Angela Dick

You may also find it helpful to contact the Secretary to the Director of Ordinands - Alison Bradley on 01765 607017.


Vocation Sunday

An opportunity to explore and encourage God’s calling to discipleship and service for the whole people of God. Resources for worship, preaching, small group work and individual exploration downloadable at www.churchofengland.org


Fellowship of Vocation

This is a group which meets about every three weeks during school term. It is open to anyone exploring a sense of vocation, and concentrates on those areas promoted by the church (e.g. ordained ministry of various kinds, Church Army, Reader Ministry, Bishop’s Certificate in Pastoral Ministry, service with a missionary society).

The meetings provide some input in the area of exploring vocation, including information on various forms of service and the opportunity to consider questions of guidance etc. There is also time for worship and prayer, and the opportunity for mutual support. There are books available for loan.

Download the Fellowship of Vocation Programme for 2014 -2015
Called to be a Deacon? - an explanatory leaflet 
Ordained ministry - selection and training - a brief guide for incumbents and candidates.

Collective All Age Worship on Vocations for Schools


God of the unexpected
May your wisdom grow in me

God of surprises
May your vision work within me

God of wonder
May your grace flow through me as I stand each day on the threshold of your heaven.

© Hilary Faith Jones, in Waiting for Jesus, Brentford 2001


Useful links:

Call Waiting is an initiative of the Church of England to help identify and encourage young people - Christians aged 13 to 30 - to consider ordained ministry.

Ministry in the Church of England - link to the ministry section of the Church of England.

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