Every person is called by God, and it is this call which we often refer to as a ‘vocation’ (from the Latin vocare, which means ‘to call’). God calls each of us by name and the heart of responding to our vocation is to be the unique person God calls us to be.
For most Christians, their calling is lived out in their everyday lives and by playing an active part in their local church and sharing in God’s mission. But, for some, this vocation has a specifically ministerial dimension, and involves:
being formally licensed or commissioned as a lay minister – a Reader, pastoral minister (Southwark Pastoral Auxiliary), Pioneer or Evangelist
having their ministry, whether it happens inside the church or in the wider community, affirmed in their local parish
joining a religious order
being ordained as a priest or deacon.
You can find out more about vocations, the different types of ministry and the process of discernment within the Diocese of Southwark by following the links in the menu to the right.