The Church is interested in developing everyones vocation but some vocations require special training, licensing or approval from the Church. If the Church says no, as it sometimes must, it just means that we have to find different ways of fulfilling what it is God has called us to do.
What vocations are there?
The Church needs people to undertake many different roles and tasks. Some of these including servers, eucharistic ministers, readers and leaders of intercessions which don't require too much of your time. With some training you might serve the church as a youth leader, evangelist, licensed lay minister (reader), pastoral assistant, or in ordained ministry as a deacon or priest. With all these vocations the first step is prayer and then you should be in touch with the priest who will help you explore your vocation further.
How do I discover my vocation?
A calling is exactly that. It's a feeling that God wants you for some specific work. Pray about it and see what it is you think God might be calling you to do. The other side of vocation is the who the Church needs to carry forward the mission of God in the world. We need all sorts of people for all sorts of roles. There is always a need for licensed ministers and ordained clergy especially and you should consider if you can assist the Church by responding to this calling.
Where can I find more information?
It's important to discuss any vocation with people who know you at Church, others already fulfilling these roles and especially with your parish priest. They can all help you find out more about the role you feel you might be called to and point you in the right direction. At the bottom of this page are some links to external sites and organisations where you can find out more.
I feel called to a specific ministry, where do I go know?
Talk to your parish priest. They can pray with you and help you along the way. Ultimately you'll need there support in whatever you feel you might be called to. They'll be more than happy to explore the different possibilities. For ordained and licensed ministry they might get you to talk to examining chaplains whose job it is to discern vocations. They can also let you know about conferences and events for those exploring different vocations.
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.
Gospel of John 15:16
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The Church of England's main webpages with lots of information about vocations.
Chelmsford Diocese's own pages on vocations to lay and ordained ministry.
The vocations page for the catholic societies in the Church of England for men exploring vocations to ordained ministry.
The Church of England site aimed at young vocations (18-35). Lots of useful information and resources for all ages.
Site for religious communities in the Church of England. Are you called perhaps to be a monk or nun?