Steps to ordination

Sometimes God chooses us for a specific role of leadership in His church.

We believe all Christians are called to grow in their discipleship and faithfulness to Jesus Christ and to play their part in God’s mission.

Sometimes God chooses us for a specific role of leadership in His church. If this is your calling, the first step is to talk to your church leader or chaplain or to one of our team of Vocations Advisors who will work with you to identify what type of ministry is right for your unique skills and talents.

If the path points towards ordination, your Bishop will send you to a selection residential known as a Bishop’s Advisory Panel who will decide whether to recommend you for ordination training.

On completion of your course at theological college, you will be ordained a deacon by your bishop and begin a curacy in a parish. Choosing to do your curacy in this diocese, you will be assured of full and friendly support along with plenty of resources. You will work alongside an experienced church leader, putting all you have learned into practice as you prepare for your own ministry.

If you are training for the priesthood, you are likely to be ordained after a year of curacy and be able to preside over Holy Communion. As deacon you will already have experience of weddings and baptisms in your ministry and indeed you may decide to remain a deacon. Whatever you decide, there’s a place for you in this diocese.