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Do you think you have a calling? Have other people mentioned your skills and suggested you do more? Often other people will see a calling in you before you are able to articulate it.

We have put together a range of resources to guide both individuals who are exploring a calling and those who will accompany them. This will include incumbents and other members of the parish community and, for those discerning a call to ordained ministry, the Area Director of Ordinands.

The starting point for individuals is to become familiar with the different types of ministry followed by information and resources to help you understand how you can become involved and what next.

Lay ministers entering St Paul's passing by Ecce Homo

Lay ministry and leadership are at the heart of the mission of the Church in London; LLMs work with lay and ordained colleagues and are licensed by their bishop for a broad and varied ministry.

More than one in five people have a physical, sensory, or mental shape that means that they are labelled as ‘disabled.’ However, as the church in London, we want to be a place where no one is disabled, but all people are regarded as ‘able,’ and are able to use their abilities to contribute to the shape and nature of the church. You can learn more about our commitment and our new Diocesan Disability Ministry Enabler role.

Clergy wellbeing and support is taken seriously in London Diocese, and there are possibilities to explore coaching, mentoring and consultancy as part of ongoing ministerial support. For those beginning to consider retirement, a number of different resources are available here. General well-being and support information is here, and please always consider approaching your Area Director of Ministry (ADM) with any questions.

Initial Ministerial Education (IME2) (previously known as Post Ordination Training) is delivered as part of a three-year curacy and is designed for both stipendiary and self-supporting clergy. The curacy framework and additional information, including all required forms and downloadable resources, are available in this section.

Feast of the Senses II audience approval

Good leadership is vital in today’s Church. Christian leadership is also necessary in all aspects of our modern world. Find out what is available to support and encourage you in this ministry.

A wide range of opportunities are on offer for clergy and lay ministers, including Post Ordination Training (POT/IME2), Continuing Ministerial Development (CMD), Ministerial Development Review (MDR), and coaching, mentoring and consultancy. LLM training and development information is here, and for clergy, please click read more.

Discipleship courses, including St Edmund’s and Pilgrim, for new Christians and those who would like to explore their faith and its relevance to everyday life.

Essential information for new incumbents and clergy who are new to post in London.

Remembering, commending and honouring those who have died during lockdown: present contraints, challenges, responses and resources.

Guides for clergy and parish officers who conduct regular services and occasional offices according to Canon Law, diocesan polices and regulations – as well as English law. Information on weddings, confirmations, baptisms, funerals and more.

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