Called to Ministry?
Do You Have a Calling? The answer is yes, you have!
Our first calling is to “live life in all its fullness” and to represent Christ in the world.
This is what it means to call yourself a Christian.
All who are baptised are called to ministry on some level, whether that is lay or ordained. The Church needs a wide variety of ministers in order to serve all people. God calls young people and older people, wealthy and poor. The Church’s ministers come from all walks of life, a mixture of social classes, ethnic backgrounds and educational abilities.
You may be feeling excited, anxious, uncertain or inadequate but the Holy Spirit will lead, prepare and equip you as you move forward in faith and obedience. Above all be open to God’s surprises!
Some people are called to be teachers, preachers, worship leaders, lay deacons, PCC members, publicity leaders, buildings overseers, churchwardens, outreach and mission leaders, event organisers, treasurers, administrators, pastoral visitors, cleaners, gardeners, vergers, servers, singers, musicians… and the list goes on. At St Mary Magdalene’s there is opportunity for you to realise your calling by becoming involved in any of these roles and many, many more besides.
If you would like to know more about any of these opportunities please go to Get Involved
But there is another calling, a particular calling, sometimes called a ‘vocation’ which is not for everyone but may be for you. This particular calling is to serve God and all people through ordained ministry as a priest.
Alternatively there are a number of Licensed Lay Ministries that may be suited to you, such as a Lay Reader, Lay Worship Leader, Lay Pastoral Assistant, Lay Evangelist, or Children’s Worker.
For all of these callings you have to allow your sense of vocation to be tested on differing levels depending on the role you envisage, but they can be the most life-giving things in the world to pursue. A conversation would need to be had with the parish priest in the first instance.