Vocations & Pathways to ministry

St Peter's exists to serve everyone in the Diocese and their learning requirements helping them to serve God and the church in many different ways.  

The information below briefly shows the pathway for some of the most common positions in a typical church in the Diocese...

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Lay Reader

Recommendation by Incumbent and PCC then attend the ‘What Next’ open morning

Apply for Foundations course - 1 year

Apply for School of Ministry course  - further 2 years

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Lay Parish Evangelist

Recommendation by Incumbent and PCC then attend the ‘What Next’ open morning

Apply for Foundations course - 1 year

Apply for School of Ministry course  - further 1 year

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Pastoral Worker

Recommendation by Incumbent and PCC then attend the ‘What Next’ open morning

Apply for Foundations course - 1 year

Apply for School of Ministry course  - further 1 year

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Lay Pioneer Minister

Gain support of the local church leader.  Apply for Mission Shaped Ministry course – 1 year (for some with experience this may not be necessary)

Apply for Lay training through School of Ministry or Church Army Evangelist training

A working agreement is set up between the pioneer leader and the church leader

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Youth Worker

Recommendation by Incumbent

Apply for Aurora Youth course – 1 year

Undergo level C2 Safeguarding training

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Children's Worker

Recommendation by Incumbent

Apply for Aurora Children course - 1 year

Undergo level C2 Safeguarding training

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Spiritual Accompanier

Apply for Spiritual Growth and Transformation course – 1 year

Apply for Spiritual Accompaniment course – 1 year

Request to be considered to be matched up with those seeking spiritual accompaniment

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Worship Leader

Consult with your church leader to explore the opportunity

Apply for Worship 4 Today course – 1 year

 

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Churchwarden

Must be resident in parish or on the electoral roll and invited by incumbent

Look out for training and resourcing events in the Diocese

Attend the annual churchwarden visitation service at various locations

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Ordained Clergy

Speak with your parish priest and you may be referred to the Diocesan Director of Ordinands (DDO)

Attend Bishop’s Advisory panel (BAP) – this process could take 12-18 months

Training at Theological College – typically 3 years

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Parish Safeguarding Officer

Nomination by PCC, become a member of the PCC and obtain DBS check then register with the Diocese in order for the role to be stored on the database

Complete levels C1 and C2 safeguarding training – 3 hours per level with refresher every 3 years

Get up-to-date with safer recruiting processes

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