Diocese of Manchester

    Follow our trainee vicars in new blog

    A new blog is launched today that will track the journey of three people from Manchester as they start training for ordained ministry in the Church of England.

    The blog, at www.northerncall.org will share the journeys of Amy, Hazel and Matt, who have each been selected to train to be vicars.

    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.

    Director of Vocations for the Diocese of Manchester, Canon Nick Smeeton, said “I’m delighted to recommend this blog for anyone who is thinking about ordained ministry. It will follow the stories of three ordinary people whom God has called to do extraordinary things.

    “The Church of England offers imaginative training pathways to make it easier for people with different personal circumstances and from different backgrounds to train. I’d love to see an ever more diverse group of people, including those from less academic backgrounds, coming forward. I hope this blog will help open their eyes to the possibilities.”

    Ordinand, Matt, said, “Over my career I’ve been an aircraft engineer, customer services advisor, arrears counsellor, financial advisor, ambulance technician and paramedic. A bizarre career, I know, but looking back at it God clearly had his hand in my development.”

    Visit the blog at www.northerncall.org

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