Diocese of Manchester

Diverse group of people in the cathedral

Is God calling me to some sort of Christian ministry?

If you feel called to some sort of ministry in the church it will be with the minister’s support. Some areas of ministry are developed primarily at the local level, but for other ministries, the selection and the training are done through the diocese. 

Others feel called to explore a different call, maybe to support local projects, to help at a night shelter, or a Sure-Start project, or a youth project run in the community. After all the call to be salt and light in the community means we should be out beyond the church walls, and where people meet the need is greatest.

Exploring a vocation

If you believe that God may be calling you to ordained or Reader ministry, please contact the Director of Vocations Nick Smeeton. Nick works with a team of colleagues, who together will help you explore your sense of call. See also the document Exploring a Vocation.

Nick Smeeton

Nick Smeeton

Director of Vocations

Address: Bishopscourt,
Bury New Road,
M7 4LE

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Foundations for Ministry

Foundations for Ministry is a lay training course for anyone who wants to find and grow in the ministry to which God is calling them. FFM is a part-time lay training course run by our diocese which is suitable for anyone who wants to serve God in the church and in the world. People may go on Foundations for Ministry to explore many different kinds of Christian ministry:

  • serving God where they are at work, in the family, in the community
  • specific roles within the church
  • ordained ministry
  • licensed lay ministry (Readers, Church Army).
Jamie Mackenzie

Jamie Mackenzie

Local Ministry Officer

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

Local Ministry support and training

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Church of England ministry experience scheme

A great way to explore if God is calling you to ministry within the church is to gain some experience and specifically to get a better understanding of what it might involve to be ordained. This scheme will give you this and alongside this you will receive training to deepen your theological understanding, to strengthen your faith and character and you will also develop your leadership skills. You will also have key people to walk alongside you during this year and reflect with you on your experiences and what God is saying to you.

The scheme is divided into three main elements:

  • Church placement
  • Reflective and supportive relationships
  • Support and training

For further information about the scheme, contact the Diocesan Director of Vocations (Tel: 0161 708 9366).

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