School of Mission Vocations


Every Christian is commissioned by Jesus to serve, some Christians are called by God to lead. Every Christian leader is a servant but since the early Church there have been a variety of roles in which God’s people serve as leaders. This is equally true today and in the Diocese of Winchester we want to encourage, nurture and work alongside men and women who are being called by God to be leaders in our churches, whether lay or ordained.

Are you or could you be a worship leader, an evangelist, a small group leader or a leader of children’s work? Would you value some training to grow in your vocation? If so, you might want to consider going deeper –  Bishop’s Commission for Mission (BCM) could be just the thing for you!

Have you done some theological study and are you already involved in front line chaplaincy work or street evangelism? Why not become officially recognised in the diocese and do some theological ‘top up’? If that sounds good, you might consider becoming a Licensed Lay Worker (LLW), click here.

Are you passionate about joining in with God’s mission and ministry in your local parish and think you could preach, lead and work in a team with your vicar? Maybe God is calling you to be a Licensed Lay Minister (LLM)? For more details visit our LLM page.

Are you feeling a call to ordained ministry and want to find out more about the selection process? You can discover more on our Ordination Pathways page and there is a quick guide to the selection process to help.

It’s also worth visiting the following Church of England pages:

Maybe you think you’re too young to consider ordained ministry? Think again! Check out these young vocations videos and click on the link below:

The following documents may also help you the Vocations process:

So, if you’re thinking and praying about leadership in the Church, have a word with your vicar or give Marcus Throup  our Vocations and Adviser and DDO a call on 01962 710984.

To find out more you might also like to attend a vocations event:

Dates for 2017:

Saturday 23 September


Parish of the Ascension, Bitterne Park, Southampton

Saturday 7 October

9.45am – 4

Vocations event for women under 30 who are just beginning to think about God’s calling, Winchester Wessex Centre, £12 per ticket includes sandwich lunch, places limited.

If you’d like to sign up to one of these events please contact Lynda Mumford on 01962 710983 /