Diocese of Manchester

    Talk to someone who's different from you!

    People involved in church life are being encouraged to hold at least one conversation a month about vocation with someone different from themselves, in a campaign unveiled today by the Church of England.

    Research has indicated that personal conversation and relationships are among the most effective means for encouraging vocations. The Great Vocations Conversation, launched on Vocations Sunday (April 22), invites licensed and ordained ministers to talk and pray about a range of vocations – from the priesthood to living out the Christian faith in everyday working life.

    Director of Vocations for the Diocese of Manchester, Canon Nick Smeeton, said, "We are really excited to be using The Great Vocations Challenge at each of our Archdeaconry events this year. Face to face conversations lie at the heart of our diocesan vocations strategy and the Great Vocations Challenge brings an exciting new dimension to our approach."

    The campaign builds on the 14% increase last year in those entering training for ordination – the highest figure for a decade - and the work of the Setting God’s People Free programme aimed at encouraging the vocations of Christians who are not called to ordained or licensed ministry. 

    Manchester Diocese is handing out postcards at services of confirmation, ordination and Archdeacon's Visitations this summer, encouraging people to call the Vocations Team for a conversation about where God might be calling them.

    For an informal chat about your vocation, call Nick or Neil on 0161 708 9366.
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