Does God call you to ministry if you are not licensed or ordained, and what does that look like? In this interactive
session we will explore the theology of vocation, consider some biblical models of vocation and share something of Steve's experience of ministry in a variety of contexts. These include working in a non-Anglican setting as a lay minister whilst in employment in the electronics industry, as a full-time Christian Centre Director and as a Youth & Community Worker, jointly-funded by Social Services and the Anglican Church. After ordination and as the Rector of a parish in Portsmouth diocese, his pattern of ministry became more recognisable as an Anglican parish priest.
It is an interesting question to ask whether, in these differing expressions, there is a single call to ministry expressed in various contexts, or is there a personal vocation developing and shifting? How might God’s call come to us afresh as our life setting and life stage change? Can we identify something in a sense of vocation that traces a common thread into the discipleship that all Christians share? Why is that some ministries require such particular training and authorisation?
Revd Dr Steve Summers is the Principal of Guildford diocese’s Local Ministry Programme that trains Licensed Lay Ministers and locally deployable priests.
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