A Patchwork of Ministry
Five people have written here about the way they have responded to
God's call and how their ministries have developed, sometimes unexpectedly.
not been possible to include all patterns of ministry here, for example, Church
Army Evangelists, London City Missioners or members of Religious Orders, but
there will be an opportunity to learn more about these ministries at the
Diocesan Vocations Day later in the year. These people represent five
authorised ministries where the diocese has direct responsibilities for
recruitment and selection. Those who have written about their ministry are not
stereotypes - each of us is different and brings a variety of gifts.
Is God calling?
baptism (or conversion) all Christians are called to ministry or the service of
God. For a great number of people, that call does not mean to a ministry which
carries a title. It does, though, mean for all of us, identifying our own
precious gifts and offering them freely to build up the Kingdom of God.
often these gifts are not used, people are not aware of them, congregations do
not encourage them to be developed, or there is always a good reason for not
doing something about them.
early church of the New Testament, local congregations called out people to
It is a
central part of any congregation's ministry in the 21st century to discern the
gifts of those who worship there and call them to service. That call can come
from others and needs to be owned by the individual. Sometimes, however, the
call comes directly to a person and needs to be tested by the wider church.
out our own particular call is sometimes not easy; we lack confidence, need to
know more and talk to others about it.
the first person to talk with is your vicar or another member of the
step is to attend a Vocational Guidance Unit. These are held in each Episcopal
Area three times a year. They give an opportunity to talk and listen to others
who also believe that God is calling them.
Enquirers hear some of the things that the Bible has to say about
ministry and calling. There will also be more details about the different
patterns of ministry in today's Church.
Vocational Guidance Units - 2001
30 January; 1 & 2 February 3, 5 & 7 July 2,
4 & 6 October
6, 8 & 11 February 14, 17 & 20 May 9, 11
& 14 October
10 March (all day) 30 June (all day) 10 November
For information please contact Sue Maree 020-7378