Exploring your vocation

Discerning God's calling to a particular role

Welcome! Whatever stage of your vocation journey, it is great to hear from you. You may have a clear idea of what God is calling you to, or you might just have an inkling or a 'nudge' from God.  

Vocation is the word we use when we talk about God calling us into a particular role. Your vocation could be your paid employment, such as a teacher, medical professional, office worker or almost anything else. If that is where God has called you to work and to be a Christian as you work, then that is an important part of your Christian life and witness. Your vocation could be outside paid employment, your role as a parent, or helping with a youth group or Sunday School class.

For some people, God calls them to a more formal role within the church, either paid or unpaid: this could be as a vicar, a chaplain, a youth worker, a lay preacher, to join a religious community or to become an evangelist.

In the Diocese of Oxford, we have a team of Vocations Advisors who are trained to help you think through your sense of vocation; they have access to the information you need, and can ask the sort of questions that will help you understand what your call may be and what it might mean to you, your family and to the church.

If you believe God is calling you to ordained ministry or lay ministry please speak to your vicar or chaplain and contact us and we will put you in touch with a Vocations Advisor. Have a look at the further reading list for links to resources which help you understand the options as you prayerfully consider what God is calling you to.

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In this section...

Called to lay ministry

Guidance on exploring a calling to lay ministry in the Diocese of Oxford.

Called to ordained ministry

Guidance on exploring vocations in ordained ministry .

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