Shared Vocation Space

The Shared Vocation Space brings together the resources to support those wanting to explore a calling towards lay or ordained public ministry in our diocese.

In September 2022 we are launching the Norwich Shared Vocation Space which pools the resources of the Licensed Lay Ministry Team, the DDO Discernment Team, Vocation Mentors and our brand new Vocations Champions to support those wanting to explore a calling towards public licensed ministry, whether lay or ordained, in the Diocese of Norwich.

Join us for a 5-part programme of evenings spread over 5 months starting in September 2022 and ending in January 2023.

You’ll find out more about the pathways leading to Licensed Lay Ministry (LLM) and to Ordained Ministry (becoming a priest). You’ll hear vocation stories, you’ll explore some Scripture, you’ll have the chance to think about some key issues relating to each ministry, and you’ll be able to explore your questions in small groups.

By the end of the programme you will be well-placed to enter the formal selection process for either Licensed Local Ministry or Ordained Ministry.

If you are not able to join us for all or some of the sessions (or if the programme is not currently running) you will still be able to explore your vocation. Click here for details.


Session 1: Introduction – Perspective on Vocations

We’ll explain the main vocational pathways towards Licensed Local Ministry and Ordination, we’ll explore the differences between them and we’ll hear from some people who have been or are currently going through the process.

Session 2: Why are we Anglicans? Faith, Church & Creed

We’ll explore the breadth and diversity of the Anglican Church, how we got where we are today, and the factors that unite us.

Session 3: What is our Mission?

An exploration of the Five Marks of Mission.

Session 4: How do we Communicate our Faith?

Telling our own story of faith is a vital part of how we grow the church. While there is no one right way of doing this, we will look at how we can build our confidence in evangelism.

Session 5: Is it I, Lord? Leading Others

Our final session looks at leadership and its importance for both lay and ordained ministry.

Each session involves 40 minutes of presentations on each topic followed by a short break before forming into small discussion groups led by Vocation Mentors. All sessions are facilitated by the Warden of Readers, Revd Canon Linda Church and the Diocesan Director of Ordinands, the Revd Dr Michael Fox.

To register to attend these sessions please email.