Welcome to Salisbury Calling – the website for exploring God’s call to Christian ministry.

Discovering how our gifts & talents meet the needs of the world around us as we walk with God, is called finding our Vocation – our special calling in life.

Your Vocation might be as a nurse or a teacher; an engineer or a hairdresser; a designer or a taxi driver – or even a lay minister, chaplain or vicar!

So why not ask God to walk with you as you work out your calling together?

For more information contact


01722 411 944

A Gap Year with a Difference

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Click here for details of our 2019/20 Ministry Experience Scheme



Ministry in Salisbury Diocese

There are five authorised ministries in the Diocese of Salisbury.



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lay-worship-leaders-leafletLay Worship Leaders are commissioned to assist in planning and leading worship in the parishes where they live.

Download our Lay Worship Leader  leaflet here

lpa-leafletLay Pastoral Assistants are commissioned to engage in pastoral ministry on behalf of the local church, working as part of a team of clergy and lay people.

Download our Lay Pastoral Assistant leaflet here

licensed-lay-minister-leafletLicenced Lay Ministers (also known as Readers) are licensed by the Bishop for a preaching and teaching ministry in the parishes where they live or work.

Download our Licenced Lay Ministry leaflet here

ordiantion-leafletOrdained Ministry – priests and deacons are ordained by the Church to lead local churches and share responsibility in pastoral care for everyone living in the parishes where they serve.

Download our Ordination leaflet here

Final Draft brochure P1aCommissioned Lay Pioneers – are trained and authorised to gather people into new expressions of Christian Community. They have a sense of calling to mission outside the regular church structures

Download our Commissioned Lay Pioneer leaflet here

If you think God may be calling you to one of these ministries, come along to a Vocation Enquiry Day – information about our next one is on the Events Page

Pray Serve Grow – Ministry Experience Scheme 2019/20


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A great opportunity for 18-30 year olds:

  • Live in community in Poole or Salisbury with others exploring Christian ministry or in Rural Parishes in beautiful Wiltshire and Dorset
  • Get ministry experience in a local church
  • Receive theological training with Sarum College and elsewhere
  • Reflect, learn and grow in your Christian life
  • All expenses paid plus personal spending money

For 2019/20 we have two streams – Urban Placements in Poole and Salisbury and Rural Placements across the Diocese.

To find out more about our Ministry Experience Scheme click here….




Click here to ask questions or start your application…





Vocation Enquiry Days

Our next Vocation Enquiry Day will be on

Saturday 5th October 2019 at Church House, Crane Street, Salisbury, SP1 2QB.

A day for those who wonder whether God might be calling them to ministry in the Church of England.

Whether Ordination, Licensed Lay Ministry, Pastoral Assistants, Worship Leaders or Pioneers, this is an opportunity to meet with others who think God might be calling them too, and to explore the next steps of your journey in faith.

Book a place to say you are coming to this Enquiry Day

Read what people think of our Vocation Enquiry Days here.

Further afield


You and Ministry  – CPAS weekend for anyone exploring ordination

20 Sep 2019 Foxhill House and Woodlands, Frodsham, Cheshire

For more info visit:



Vocation Sunday


Vocation Sunday may have come and gone for this year, but it’s always a good time to talk about vocations. The Vocations Sunday theme can be used at any time of the year.

Click here for resources to help and encourage you, your church and your ministry team




Almighty God

Thank you that you have made me

with all my gifts and talents,

my hopes and my fears.

Walk with me as I discover your calling for my life.

Speak to me in the encouragement of others,

the opportunities which come my way,

and in the silence of moments of reflection.

Now and always.



Salisbury Calling is brought to you by the Church of England Diocese of Salisbury.

We want to encourage all Christians to ask God the question:

“Lord, what do you want me to do?”

You might be surprised by the answer…

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