Is God Calling You to Ministry?

Is God Calling You to Ministry?

Have you or  someone in your congregation been trying to determine what their role in serving God and neighbor should be? Your Archdeacons in this diocese will once again be conducting a highly successful workshop series to assist individuals in the process of discernment, beginning Saturday, Sept. 16, at Church of the Epiphany,  Vacaville. 

Discernment is the process of clarifying what God is calling us as individuals to do. By looking at yourself, your beliefs and your gifts in the context of a group of fellow seekers, you will be assisted in identifying and listening to the direction of the Holy Spirit as it leads you in the direction that God has in mind for your life.

Although there is a diaconal theme to the workshops, they are not only for those questioning whether they have a call to ordination as a deacon.  Discernment is important for everyone who desires clarity about God's call in their daily lives.   Using the deacon as an example, participants are given a process by which they can pursue this clarity.  

In the workshops, we will look at what a deacon is more than what a deacon does, and on the process of formation into the deacon role.  We will look at the qualities that make a good deacon, and talk about the ordination process.  We will also discuss briefly the path for pursuing the priesthood as well as the ministry of the laity.

The first session will be conducted on Saturday, Sept. 16, at Church of the Epiphany in Vacaville.  Workshops are held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and future sessions will be scheduled, including location, at this first session, based on participant input.  The morning is time for theological reflection and discussion; the afternoon includes a deacon telling the story of their own call, formation and ministry. Participants will take turns leading worship and bringing snacks; lunches are brown bag.

To register for this first workshop on Sept. 16, contact the Ven. Cookie Clark at or the Ven. Gary Brown at  Also, if there are any  questions or for further information, contact one of us at one of those email addresses.  We look forward to seeing you in September!

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1. josephine borgeson wrote:
I thought everyone was called to ministry in baptism. I thought this was the basis of our theology of ministry in this diocese.
Certainly the article is more nuanced, but the header made me cringe!

Tue, August 8, 2017 @ 5:40 PM

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