There are many ways to express your sense of call. You could be a chaplain or a lay person in prison or hospital ministry; you could be a Missioner in Work and Economic Life. Your call may be revealed in gifts of administration, music, children’s work, pastoral care, or spiritual direction. Has God called you to the priesthood, overseas mission, or to become a Licensed Lay Worker? Or are you called to prayer and to become a part of a religious order? There are many possibilities.

In the Oxford Diocese, 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, please speak to your vicar or Chaplin or contact us at and we will put you in touch with a Vocations Advisor. There is no charge, and you will not be committing yourself to anything.

Please 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.