By way of introduction I am the Young Vocations Champion and have been in post since July 2014, having previously worked as Youth Adviser in the Barking Area of the Diocese for around ten years.
I am part of Phillip Need’s (the Diocesan Director of Ordinands) team along with Hilary Le Séve and Calvert Prentis (Assistant DDOs).
My role, along with the team of Young Vocations Advisers, is to help young-er people to discern their vocation, especially those considering ordained ministry in the Church of England.
God has always chosen, called and made very good use of younger people for his purposes. Scripture describes the amazing stories of many such people, including Samuel, David, Timothy and Mary, to name just a few.
There is no evidence to suggest that this is no longer true! In fact many of the most significant historical leaders of recent times began their journey when they were young.
That said, for most of us, God’s calling is often quite a difficult thing to discern, and it can feel like just ‘the echo of a whisper of a call’ (Bishop Stephen Cottrell).
Thoughts like, ‘surely God wouldn’t choose me’, ‘I’m far too young at the moment’, ‘I have nothing to offer, ministry is for older people’, are common amongst most when trying to discern God’s call, perhaps especially amongst younger people.
The church and the world are desperately in need of innovative and passionate leaders; young people who are prepared to make their lives count for something, even if they haven’t got it all worked out yet and are unsure of exactly what that calling looks like yet.
Could that be you? Could God be calling you to ministry in some form in the Church of England? This website is designed to help you begin to answer that question.
There are three main aspects to Encounter, Growing Leaders, Journey and Residential, hopefully one of those will help you explore your calling further. If you just need an initial chat at this stage then do get in touch and I can point you to the most appropriate person on the team.
We’re only really able to discern God’s call on our lives when we dare to share what we’re sensing with others. So why not take that next small-big step in your journey and get in touch with me or one of the Young Vocations Advisers in your area?