Call Waiting - The Church of England Church of England

If you feel you are being called by God into a vocational ministry, there are lots of ways to explore that. 

The best place to start is in prayer, and there are lots of people to talk to that can help answer any questions.

Young female priest lighting candle in prayer

If you're feeling a bit daunted by the idea of ordination, the good news is that there are plenty of ways you can explore your calling.


Exploring your calling without prayer is like trying to drive with an empty tank/battery - it is the fuel for the journey. We've produced some prayers that you may find helpful — but God also wants to hear the words of your own heart.


Talking with people you trust - your vicar or chaplain, your family and friends - is a really important part of the process. It can be helpful in checking whether other people see God's calling in you. Hopefully, they will be honest enough to tell you. They may even have spotted your calling before you did!

We support a network of 'champions', one in every Diocese, who are available to talk to and help you think more about calling. Your local contact can be found here.


Maybe you're feeling ready to go further with your sense of calling - great! There are events happening around the country where you can find out more about vocational ministry, meet other people like you, and chat to ordinands and vicars who have been through the process.

Maybe you've thought about taking a gap year to explore further - we've set up the Ministry Experience Scheme (CEMES) with Dioceses around the country to provide an opportunity to learn more about what it's like to, along with reflection and biblical study.