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School of Mission Resources

The latest School of Mission Brochure brochure explains licensed and commissioned ministry.










The School of Mission provides support and training for individuals and churches to help us live the mission of Jesus in everyday life and make a difference in the world.The team offers help in the areas of:

  • Training events and courses for lay people and clergy
  • Work with children, youth and families
  • Communicating our faith
  • Growing disciples and churches
  • Starting and sustaining new Christian communities
  • Prayer and spirituality
  • Mission Action Planning
  • Discerning God’s calling to a range of ministries, lay and ordained

For further information please contact our Department Administrator, Frances ter Haar:

frances.terhaar@winchester.anglican.org /01962 710981


All Christians, by their baptism, are called to share in the mission and ministry of the Church. The church community, of which we are a part, has an obligation to help each one to find an appropriate channel through which to use their gifts in serving God.   There are many ways of living out our vocation. Some are called to serve in their everyday lives, at home, at work and in the community.  Others are called to ministries of service within the worshipping community – interceding for the parish, helping to lead public worship, being a Churchwarden, leading youth and children’s work, ordained ministry, being on the PCC, Licensed Lay Ministry, being a parish visitor, engaging in mission outside the walls of the church building…  God is very creative.

Those who are wondering whether God is calling them to ordained ministry, Licensed Lay Ministry or some other form of authorised lay ministry should talk to their parish priest in the first instance.  If the parish priest believes that there is a real possibility of a vocation to public licensed ministry, they will refer them to Marcus Throup. After an initial conversation, there may be some conversations over a period of time with an independent Vocations Adviser.  Vocations Advisers accompany and support those who are seeking to explore and discern their call. They offer a context for confidential discussions as potential candidates for Licensed Lay Ministry or Ordained ministry prepare for the formal selection procedures.

The following links take you to pages which explain the nature of vocation and what people should do if they think they may have a calling to some form of authorised ministry.

Some helpful links to other organisation which may help you explore your vocation:



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