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!

Even though we currently face very challenging times, with no public worship and social distancing, the church is still very much at the heart of all our communities. We are very grateful to those with social media skills to help ensure we stay in touch and to stream services and prayer. The vocations team still wants to hear from you and we are getting used to online chats, so do be in touch. It is possible, that as our lives are forced to slow a little, this may give you the time to pause and consider if you are being called into a form of ministry.

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 2020/21 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 2020/21

To find out about this years scheme in Lyme Bay download the leaflet by clicking on the link below.  

LYME BAY MES 2020/21


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Salisbury Diocese is again participating in the ministry experience scheme of the Church of England. It is an opportunity for young adults (18-30) who wonder if God might be calling them to ordained ministry, to step out and gain ministry experience in local churches, guidance from mentors, and theological training.

  • Those on the scheme will meet together for prayer and reflection and to support each other throughout the year.
  • The experience runs from Sept 2020 to July 2021
  • You will either live with families during your time on placement
  • Participating churches are from a wide spectrum of traditions and styles.
  • Theological training will be provided
  • Each explorer will be supported by
    • A Personal Mentor, a Placement Supervisor and a Theological Mentor
    • Free food and accommodation
    • Spending money of £35 per week
    • Working Expenses will be reimbursed
  • More a leaflet with more information and photos!  LYME BAY MES 2020/21
  • Or email vocations@salisbury.anglican.org
  • Please note successful application is subject to safer recruitment and DBS

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

Click here to ask questions or start your application…



Vocation Enquiry Days

The next Vocation Enquiry Day will be a Morning due to the difficulties of meeting up at the moment – it will be on

Saturday 23rd January via Zoom

How might God be calling you in 2021?

We all have gifts and skills and often these can be used in our churches or in our communities to share God’s love with those around us. This is a calling for every Christian. It is often other people who suggest to us that perhaps God is calling us into some form of leadership in the church. There are many different routes and pathways. The vocation days helps us think about the ways God may call us.

It 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.

In this time of lock down we have produced a short online “Vocations Day” The video lasts about 15 minutes. In addition you can explore other websites suggested in the video and engage with the suggested bible readings. It’s not the same as spending a day with others who are also exploring their call, but it is an alternative for now.

if you would like to join this morning on the 23rd January please email us at vocations@salisbury.anglican.org

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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