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Starting to explore

The process of exploring ordination takes time, to listen to God and be prepared and ready to follow him. Sometimes our first thoughts aren’t his final thoughts. But he loves it when we say to him “Lord here is my life, what do you want with it?” So make a start on the journey.

Take a look The Work of a Deacon and the Work of a Priest (pdf). Consider what draws you, excites you, worries you. Then try these first steps:

1.  When you pray, read your Bible and worship in Church, talk to God about what is in your heart and mind. Ask him to impress particular scriptures upon you, and listen to the inner stirrings of your heart. If you keep a diary or a journal, keep a note of things that strike you.

2.  Mention what you are thinking about to 2 or 3 people you know well and whom you could trust to give you really honest feedback without spoiling your friendship! How do they see you, your character, your gifts.

3.  Talk to your vicar, and follow his/her advice about things you could do, read, experience to keep exploring. S/he might suggest attending the Are You Being Called Conference in November, or the LifeCall Conference in February for young people, both diocesan events to help people explore their calling (see the Events Calendar on the right).

When you and your vicar are ready, contact Revd Steve Benoy. Steve is the Diocesan Director of Ordinands and Director of Vocations and Formation, and it is his role to guide you through the next steps of the process.

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