About 4 years ago I began to have a feeling that God was calling me to go into ordained ministry and after a lot of prayer and discussion and speaking to Canon Burke, he suggested I speak to the DDO who advised that I look into the School of Ministry first.
I asked Canon Burke’s advice as to which path to go on and which would fit better with the Cathedral, and he suggested Evangelist. I took that advice and enrolled on the Evangelist course. I found the School to be very good and the lessons were split very well with enough time for refreshments and chilling. I particular liked that we began the day with Eucharist. I found some of the lessons a bit too academic, but I have passed all the assignments and found in the process that I have gained a love of reading about theology, which I continue to do.
I am at present waiting to be licenced and then to see how I can develop as a Lay Evangelist in the Cathedral. I am starting an Art and Spirituality group in October and I have been asked to help with a new welcome/worship group aimed at parents and families starting in September. I am also still discerning what the next step is, do I go on to do the final year as Reader?
I would recommend the School of Ministry to anyone who is interested in developing further ministry in whatever they wish to do. If I can do it then anyone can!
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