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Vocation: Different types of ministry

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As we serve amongst the people and places of our everyday lives, our calling is likely to grow and change over the years. Here is information on three main areas of ministry and accompanying resources to help equip and commission each of us for our calling.

Ministry where you are

Attendees in the summer air

Whatever we do during the day, there are opportunities to reflect our faith in how we do things and what we say. Do speak to your vicar or minister about this, and you may also find further inspiration from Ambassadors 2020 and the LICC (London Institute for Contemporary Christianity).

Lay ministers entering St Paul's passing by Ecce Homo

Being involved in your local church is an excellent way of expressing your Christian vocation. This could range from social outreach, prayer ministry, assisting with communion and worship, children’s work and chaplaincy. For those who feel called to a more formalised training for licensed lay ministry, a variety of additional information is available.

New priests ordained by Bishop of Edmonton standing outside St Pancras Euston Road

If you are considering ordained ministry, London Callings showcases stories of Christians serving across the capital. We also recommend that you speak with your vicar or minister and visit The Church of England’s Vocations section as part of your prayerful consideration.

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