How to figure out what God is calling you to can be difficult. There isn’t always a clear heavenly signpost that just happens to be on our particular road telling us which path to follow.
Having a calling is something for all Christians – this isn’t just for ordained people! Your calling might be to explore full-time ministry – but it might equally be to be a chef, electrician or firefighter, or to volunteer locally.
Inclusive Church is working with a number of partners to encourage our supporters and members to consider what their vocation as inclusive Christians might be. Here are 3 suggestions:
As a starting point a good thing would be to pray about this – and be open to what God might be calling you to.
Talk to someone – a friend who you can trust, but who will be honest. It might be helpful to also talk to your minister.
Explore some of the resources that are on this page – to help you think things through a bit further. We are really grateful to the Student Christian Movement for their excellent summary of some resources:
Student Christian Movement: Christian Vocation Online Resources
What is God calling you towards? For many Christians, this question is the one that can cause the most confusion and uncertainty, particularly for students who are thinking about future direction.
The truth is, our sense of calling never ends. We may be doing something we love, something we know is part of God’s call for our lives, and yet there is always something new to discern, a fresh revelation to nudge us further in the direction of God’s kingdom.
SCM Resources: stories, reflections and advice
Life at University: Theology, Faith and Vocation – read Kirsty’s story about how she was figuring out her sense of calling to ordained ministry during university.
The Keys to Discerning Your Vocation – Claire Whitmore from the Church of England’s Vocations Team shares some advice on how best to discern God’s call through prayer and community.
Are You Ready To Find Your Life? – read Janet’s reflection about the sense of giving something up whilst discerning the call to Religious Life.
Call Waiting: do you feel called to ordained ministry? The Church of England have put together a new project aimed at young people (13-30 year olds) to help you work out what that calling might mean. Connect with a local ‘young vocations champion’, get inspired by the stories of those who were called in the Bible, and find lots of resources on ordained ministry.
The Christian Vocations: test out what you might be passionate about – this jobs search website has a range of opportunities that might be right for you, from UK and international jobs, to voluntary and more short-term opportunities, such as placements, gap years and mission-based programmes. You can receive notifications about opportunities that match your preferences, sign up for training, or explore your gifts through a series of questionnaires and reflective exercises.
A Prayer for Vocation
Jesus, the Good Shepherd,
May we be able to hear your voice clearly today. We ask that as we follow you, you would give us direction and help us to discern where you want us to go. May you encourage us through the Holy Spirit living in us.