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, a medical professional, an office worker or almost anything else. If that is where God has called you to work and to be a Christian as you work, than 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.
If you think God may be calling you in this way, the best place to start is by talking to your vicar or chaplain. Or email us VocationsEnquiry@oxford.anglican.org and we will put you in touch with one of our Vocations Advisors.
You can find out more about what this might mean by looking at our pages on lay ministry and ordained ministry and you may find some of the other links below helpful, especially the suggested reading list.