Ordained Ministry

Is God calling you to Ordained Ministry?

Most ordained ministers are priests (also called presbyters).

All those who are ordained spend a period of time, usually a year as a deacon before they are ordained into priestly orders. Some who are called to ordained ministry remain permanently as a deacon. Find out more about this here: Distinctive Diaconate

Priests build up the Body of Christ in the Church to serve the world by:

  • Celebrating the sacraments
  • Leading worship
  • Teaching and preaching
  • Pastoral care
  • Mission and Evangelism
  • Presiding over a community
  • Pointing to the life of Christ

Priests serve in a variety of roles including:

  • Parish Ministry
  • Chaplaincy (Education, Prisons, NHS, The Forces etc)
  • Diocesan & National Responsibilities
  • Workplace based Ministry
  • Pioneering & Fresh Expression Ministry

Priests can have full-time or part-time ministerial roles. They can be paid a stipend, or work voluntarily. They can be called to serve in an Assistant or Leader capacity, in their local home context or deployed nationally.

Follow these links if you are:

Are you called to Ordained Ministry?

If you think you may be called to ordained ministry read carefully the following information which explains what will be required of you.


When you have explored this website follow the link to ‘Next Steps’.