The Church of Ireland has set aside this Sunday, 13 September, as Vocation Sunday. It’s an opportunity to stop and consider what God might be saying to you about your future.
Vocation means what you are called by God to be and do. For some, this is a specific calling to ministry.
For others, it can mean serving God through faithful discipleship in everyday life.
God calls each of us to different tasks. He gave some to be ‘apostles, some to be prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and some teachers.’ Ephesians 4: 11.
Vocation isn’t just about being ordained – ordination is not for everyone. Indeed, many of the Church’s ministers are not ordained.
Youth and children’s ministers, evangelists, readers and many chaplains are generally not ordained, and are collectively known as lay ministers who serve alongside the ordained.
While the Church is keen to foster vocations to the ordained ministry, there are many ways in which to serve the Church.
If you are wondering what God wants you to do with your life and are keen to explore further the various stages in discerning your call, you will find it helpful to speak with your Rector or local Diocesan Director of Ordinands (Revd Adrian Green). They can encourage you, as you prayerfully discern what area of ministry God is calling you to.
Find out more in the Vocations section of the Church of Ireland website.
Find out more about Down and Dromore’s lay reader training here.