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Vocations group

One of the Dean's roles in King's is to encourage and foster vocations to the Church of England priesthood as well as helping people to discover what God is calling them to do. 

King's College London has a long and proud tradition of preparing people to serve GodKing's College has a long and proud tradition of preparing people to serve God in the Christian ministry and we hope to encourage this through the Vocations Group.

The group is for all who are considering a call to Christian service, whether ordained or lay, short-term or long-term, home or abroad, Anglican or otherwise.

Meetings this term

5 February

Jane Speck (Chaplain at Waterloo and Denmark Hill) will be sharing her story and talking about her new role as a selector for the Church of England Ministry Division.

5 March (Ash Wednesday)

James Steele will be speaking about his call to Christian work and his current role with CAFOD.

19 March

Susan Bolen, who is currently in training for ordained ministry, will be speaking about her call and her experience of training.

All meetings take place in the Strand Chaplaincy Room (K2.34) at 14.45 (after the College Eucharist and lunch!).

Vocations library

The Vocations Library is located in K2.38 on the Strand Campus and contains a wide selection of books covering the Church of England Ministry Division Selection Criteria.  The library also includes works which explore Christian spirituality, different authorised ministries within the church and vocation in its broadest sense.

To access the library, please call into the Dean's Secretary's Office (K2.44, next to the Chapel).  

A full list of the books in the Ordinands' Library can be found here (PDF, 162 KB).  

Further reading

Reflections on vocation in general

The Revd Dr Andrew Davison, Tutor at St Stephen's House (PDF, 164 KB)

Gospel imprint: Becoming who I am (PDF, 596 KB)

Reflections on ministry in the Church of England 

Rowan Williams, Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge (PDF, 79 KB) 

Angela Tilby, Diocesan Canon and Continuing Ministerial Development Advisor for the Dicoese of Oxford (PDF, 293 KB).

Gospel imprint: Is God calling you to be a priest? (PDF, 340 KB)

You can find further suggested reading on the Church of England website here and suggestions for using art (doc, 57 KB), poetry (doc, 59 KB) and literature (doc, 64 KB).

The Canons of the Church of England relating to ministry and ordination are also available online.

Financial assistance

There are several trust funds with some limited amounts of money available for those intending to go on to ordination or who are studying Theology at King's. If you are in need of financial assistance and would like to apply for any of these, please contact the Dean's office for further details.

Useful links

The Church of England (Ministry Division pages)

Call Waiting (Aimed at those under 30 exploring ordained ministry in the Church of England)

Diocese of London (Vocation and Ministry pages)

Diocsese of Southwark (Ministry and Training pages)

Anglican Religious Communities in England

Reader Ministry

Church Army

Church Pastoral Aid Society (CPAS)

Affirming Catholicism (Vocations page)

The Ordinal (Deacons)

The Ordinal (Priests)

Make an appointment

The Dean is happy to see any member of King's College London for individual conversation about their calling: please email the Dean's Office to make an appointment. 

 

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