What does it mean to explore a call to ordained ministry? It’s Your Call features interviews with a range of clergy about their ordained ministry in communities in different parts of the island of Ireland. Vocation means what you are called by God to be and do. For some, this is a specific calling to ministry. For others, it can mean serving God through faithful discipleship in other areas of everyday life.
The Commission on Ministry is asking parishes to encourage conversations and discussions by holding a Vocation Sunday on 21st May, or another date at their discretion if this is more convenient, and It’s Your Call may be a helpful resource for showing in a six-minute slot in your service, or indeed through parish websites and social media. If a parish would prefer to have its own copy or if broadband access is limited in a particular location, the video can be downloaded from this page on the Church of Ireland’s Vimeo channel.
Anyone with an interest in exploring a vocation to ordained ministry is encouraged to speak with their Rector in the first instance. A range of resources is available at www.vocations.ireland.anglican.org which include articles on pathways to ordination, lay ministry, Pioneer Ministry, and understanding selection, and posters for parishes to encourage people to think about the role to which God may be calling them.