All of us have particular talents and abilities. We do them because we enjoy them. But, more importantly, we do them because they give us a sense of fulfillment and they help us to serve God.
A vocation is something that webelieve God calls us to do. It can be within the church or outside of it. Every single one of us has a calling,a vocation, and we all need to try to work out what it is. What is God calling you to? Sometimes we have been fulfilling a vocation for a number of years, and then we find that God leads us in another direction. Is God calling you to something new?
What is God calling you to?
There are many opportunities in the Church for you to use your talents and abilities to serve God’s community. Here are some of the paths available.
A ministry of service, leadership and mission, helping and enabling other Christians to realise their potential.
Priests share in people’s life journeys, walking with themand standing alongside them in both their joys and sorrows. Alongside pastoral care, preaching, and teaching, the priest
is also called to celebrate the sacraments (including baptism and holy communion). Some priests are paid a wage (a stipend), while others are financially self-supporting. Non-Stipendiary Ministers (local) are Priests who are ordained to work in a geographically-defined area.
Preaching, teaching and encouraging with the good news of Jesus Christ.
Readers (sometimes called Licensed Lay Ministers) have a ministry of teaching and preaching the Christian faith. This will often involve leading worship in church, but may
also include teaching in bible studies or small groups. Other roles may include leading school worship, funerals, alternative worship and hospital visiting or other chaplaincy work.
Children’s, Youth & Families Worker
Connecting with all ages of our communities.
Children, Youth & Families Workers are those involved in helping the Church serve families and young people in their community. There is a diverse range of ways people might be involved in this type of ministry, from running Sunday schools, Messy Church or youth groups, to going into local schools and working with young people out in the community.
Offering a ‘ministry of presence’ to those in need.
Pastoral Visitors are there to represent the Church through a ‘ministry of presence’, a ministry which is fundamentally about listening. They are involved with visiting people, such as those who are unwell, recently bereaved, inresidential homes, or those who simply need company.
Nurturing ‘fresh expressions of church’ amongst those who are exploring discipleship and faith for the first time.
A Pioneer Minister is someone whose ministry is primarily outside of the existing church. They are tasked with finding new, imaginative and exciting ways to engage with people who otherwise wouldn’t have the chance to explore faith and spirituality. Some Pioneer Ministers are also ordained to administer the sacraments (including baptism and Holy Communion).
So what’s the next step?
Pray and take some time to listen to what God is calling you to.
Talk to friends, family and your parish priest to help you discern your calling.
Read as much as you can to develop your understanding of what you feel called to.
Want to know more?
Join the conversation at www.facebook.com/LlandaffVocations
The following vocational contacts are also happy to help with matters relating to vocation and ministry. In the first instance, any individuals exploring a sense of vocation should be referred to the vocations advisors in each archdeaconry by their parish priest.
Diocesan Director of Vocations
(and Director of Ordinands)
Revd Dr Trystan Owain Hughes
Assistant Diocesan Director of Vocations
(and Warden of Readers)
Revd Caroline Downs
Lay ministry officer
Ms Julie Davies
Archdeaconry of Llandaff:
Revd David Morris
Archdeaconry of Margam:
Revd Melanie Prince
Archdeaconry of Morgannwg:
Revd Viv Parkinson