Called to Ministry?
Do you have a calling? Well, the answer is yes, you have!
Is God calling you to something special? Yes he is! The tricky part is establishing what that calling might be.
As churchgoers (or disciples) 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 – to live in joy and to service.
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All who are baptised are called to serve. Service is the bedrock of the Christian faith. This service is often called ministry. All are called to ministry on some level, whether that is lay or ordained. The Church needs a wide variety of miniseries if it is to effectively serve God and all people effectively. God calls young and old, wealthy and poor, male and female. 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 to him. Above all be open to God’s surprises! Do not stand in his way, for he has many wonderful things in store for you. But first you must take that leap of faith.
Some people are called to be lay readers, teachers, worship leaders, lay deacons, churchwardens, PCC members, publicity leaders, buildings overseers, 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 and St Mary the Virgin there is opportunity for you to realise your calling by becoming involved in any of these roles and many, many more roles besides. If you now feel ready to serve God please do get in touch.
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. It means giving up a lot, but it also means taking on the privilege of representing the gathered congregation to God and God to the congregation. It means serving God through the ancient auspices of his Church – his blueprint for the salvation of the world.
Alternatively there are a number of specially recognised Lay Ministries that may be more suited to you, such as a Lay Reader, Lay Worship Leader, Lay Pastoral Assistant, Lay Evangelist, or Children’s Worker.
All of these are principally spiritual callings. For this reason, 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 ways to serve God in the world. Please contact your parish priest in the first instance.