Diocese of Manchester

Lay and ordained ministries

Find and grow in the ministry to which God is calling you

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Follow three people from Manchester as they start training for ordained ministry in the Church of England. Amy, Hazel and Matt have each been selected to train to be vicars and they will be sharing their experiences of their training at www.northerncall.org.

Each is about to begin theological training, but in different ways and in a different place. They will share the ups and downs of following God’s call on their life. It has already been a long, emotional journey to reach this stage. Each has gone through a detailed and challenging discernment process which culminated in attending an assessment called a BAP (Bishop’s Advisory Panel).

Now they are about to attend college for the first time in Warrington, Liverpool and Durham, meet fellow students and tutors, and get to grips with their studies.

The new blog comes at a time when the Church of England is aiming to increase the number of vocations by 50% to equip it for the future.

If you are interested in exploring a vocation in the Church of England, have a word with our friendly Vocations Team by calling Nick or Neil on 0161 708 9366.

What training would help you?

We provide training and support for ordained and lay ministries. 

EMAIL US: Let us know if there is particular training you would like to see to support you in your mission.

Mr Jamie MacKenzie

Mr Jamie MacKenzie

Local Ministry Officer

Address: Mission and Ministry,
Church House,
90 Deansgate,
M3 2GH

Local Ministry support and training

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 Our Youth Work Officer and Children's Work Officer provide regular training.

Ms Susie Mapledoram

Ms Susie Mapledoram

Youth Work Officer

Address: Education,
Church House,
90 Deansgate,
M3 2GH

Trains and supports youth workers
Develops young leaders through Isonen
Organises events for young people, e.g. Taize, Tampere

More info
Mrs Karen Beal

Mrs Karen Beal

Children's Work Officer

Address: Church House,
90 Deansgate,
M3 2GH

Advises parishes on all aspects of Children's work

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Authorised Lay Ministry

Authorised Lay Ministers group

Do you have skills you could contribute to the life of the church as an ALM? Find out more. 

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Exploring your gifts

We offer a part-time lay training course to help you find and grow in the ministry to which God is calling you. Foundations for Ministry is suitable for anyone who wants to serve God in the church and the world

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Testing a vocation

Grace, Lewis and Ben are testing their vocation on the Church of England Ministry Experience Scheme.

The Church of England Diocese of Manchester,
Church House,
90 Deansgate,
Manchester M3 2GH

Manchester DBF Company number 149999, Charity number 249424
Telephone: 0161 828 1400