How do I discern my calling?


What is God calling you to do with the gifts, skills and experience that he has placed into your hands today? We are all called to faithfully love God and love our neighbour, but each person is called to live this out in a unique way. To begin to discern what your particular call might be, start by answering the following questions:

  • What are the skills and gifts I most delight in using?
  • Where am I, physically, emotionally, relationally?
  • What does God need doing here and now that I would be good at doing?
  • What have other people affirmed me in?

Click here to find out more about the 'Your SHAPE for God's service' sessions

Click here to find out more about the diocesan bible exploration course 'Exploring Christianity'

Vocations Advisors are available to meet with you to help you discern what God's call might be.
If you would like to speak with someone, please contact the Adviser for Ordinands and Vocations (DDO) for an initial conversation.

Licensed and ordained ministry

At some point in your Christian journey, you may feel that God is calling you to use the gifts and skills which he has given you in a very particular way in the church or in caring for his world.

The Church of England licences Lay Ministers and ordains priests. Licensed lay ministrers work with ordained ministers to encourage the church and to ensure that the church is continually looking outwards and engaging with its community and the wider world. Ordained priests are called to shepherd and lead God's people in their worship of God and mission to the world. They do this through a ministry of word and sacrament.

Find out more about Licensed lay ministry here
Find out more about Ordained ministry here
Find out more about the Church of England Ministry Experience Scheme here

Information Evenings

If you are interested in either ordained or licensed Lay Ministry, please talk first with your vicar or chaplain and then, if appropriate, come along to one of our information evenings to find out more. Please contact mindevadmin@bristoldiocese.org to find out when the next 'Am I called to be ordained' event is.