Your first conversations should if possible be with your local church leader; this may be very quick or it may take several meetings as well as much prayer.

If, after this, you would like to explore your calling further, they will put you in contact with the vocations network coordinator, the Revd Canon Nick Bird, who will put you in touch with one of the team of six located around the Diocese, who are themselves a mixture of lay, ordained and Religious.

The Vocations Adviser will work with you to explore your calling in depth, as well as the journey that brought you to this point and the shape of your discipleship. They will recommend particular reading, and may suggest that you have a placement in a different church for a while. If the Vocations Adviser believes that your calling may be to ordained ministry, they will arrange for you to meet with the Diocesan Director of Ordinands (DDO).

The DDO may arrange to meet with you several times, and will probably suggest some further subject matter for prayer and reading.

If the DDO agrees that your calling to ordained ministry should be explored further, he will arrange for you to meet with one of the bishops; after your meeting the bishop will discuss it with the DDO, and consider whether to sponsor you to attend a national discernment event (a Bishop's Advisory Panel or BAP) - which selects those who will go forward to train for ordained ministry.

If at any stage in the discernment process you conclude that your calling may be to another recognised ministry within the Church (such as Reader or Recognised Parish Assistant), you will be put in touch with an appropriate adviser who will support you in that process of prayer and discovery.

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