Ordained Ministers are those who have responded to a call, had that call tested, and have been trained and ordained by a Bishop. As ordained ministers, they have promised to serve the church faithfully and have authority from the church for their ministry.

If you believe God is calling you to ordained ministry, the best place to start is by talking to your vicar or chaplain. Or contact one of your local Vocations Advisors. There’s no charge, and you will not be committing yourself to anything.

The Church of England has a list of criteria against which candidates for ordained ministry are assessed and those exploring a call to ordained ministry should consider this list carefully as part of the process of testing whether their call is realistic.

There is more information in the links below that may help you understand your calling and the process of becoming an ordained minister.

The most common roles for an Ordained Minister are:

  • Incumbent (leading one or more local churches);
  • Assistant Minister (working with an incumbent);
  • Chaplain in a Prison, Hospital, Education, or the Military.

Many of the senior roles within the church are always filled by an Ordained Minister:

  • Area Dean (leading a team of incumbents and often done in parallel with being an incumbent)
  • Many Cathedral posts (eg the Dean)
  • Many Diocesan posts
  • Archdeacon (a senior position within a diocese)
  • Bishop (the leading minister of a diocese)