We are all called to be disciples of Jesus Christ. Some Christians are also called to work or serve in a particular way, which they might describe as their vocation. That might mean using their skills to volunteer in their local church as a Reader, a webmaster, or an organist. It might mean a paid position as youth worker or evangelist. It might involve a short-term trip abroad to serve God with a mission organisation. Or it might mean becoming ordained as a member of the clergy, to work as a vicar, deacon or chaplain.

Our diocesan team can help you to explore your vocation. We run regular events where you can hear from those who have already discovered what God is calling them to. And we have vocations advisers who can talk one-to-one with you about your experiences of listening to God’s voice. Why not read some of the stories below about how God has called people from our diocese, and see if those experiences resonate with you?

In the first instance, contact Canon Peter Hall, our Diocesan Director of Vocations & Ordinands, on 023 9289 9690 or email.

Download these useful leaflets if you are considered ordination or lay ministry:


You can find out more about vocations and download information for Vocations Sunday (usually the 4th Sunday of Easter each year) from the national Church of England’s website: churchofengland.org/life-events/vocations

Portsmouth Pathway

We currently offer training for clergy and Licensed Lay Ministers on our Portsmouth Pathway, although this is due to end in summer 2024. The training centre is located within our diocese and offers a mixture of academic input and practical experience. Ordinands and trainee Licensed Lay Ministers meet together on a weekday evening, making it easier for those who work to be involved. More details here.