Exploring Ordained Ministry

The Church recognises ordained people as those who have been trained and licensed, such as vicars and priests, to undertake certain leadership and pastoral roles within the Church, including holy communion.

If you feel that God may be calling you to ordained ministry contact our Vocations Adviser, the Reverend Hannah Mears, who will be able to explore next steps with you.

If you are of UKME (UK Minority Ethnic) heritage you may also like to connect with our UKME champion, the Reverend Tanya Hockley-Still.                                                                You can find a mentor here.                                                                  Read more about championing diversity here.

Where in Devon could I train?

There are two training colleges in Devon:

St Mellitus College

South West Ministry Training Course

Further suggestions

  • If you’re between 18 to 30, you might want to check this out.
  • Your spiritual life is the most important thing to sustain you on your vocational journey. If you don’t know what to pray, see here for some written prayers for discerning vocation.
  • Talk to your Vicar or other members of the clergy in your deanery.  You don’t have to seek your Vicar’s permission before you see a Vocations adviser or attend a Vocations event.
  • Talk to trusted friends, family members and members of your congregation. Many people choose not to make it public that they are starting to explore ordination, but it is useful to have a few people you can confide in. If you are married, it is important that your spouse supports you as the journey will affect them too.
  • Click here for useful information about exploring ordination.
  • Go on an Exploring Vocation Day. Details of these days can be found on the Events page.