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


Ministry in Salisbury Diocese

There are four 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

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

Pray Serve Grow – Ministry Experience Scheme 2018/19

A great opportunity for 18-30 year olds who would like to explore ordination:

  • Live in community in Poole 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 others
  • Reflect, learn and grow in your Christian life

For 2018 we have two streams – Urban Placements in Poole and Rural Placements across the Diocese.

Click here to find out more… 

LOGO Pray Grow Serve Light

Click here to ask questions or start your application…


Poster – Pray Serve Grow – 2018




Vocation Enquiry Days

Our next Vocation Enquiry Day will be on

Saturday 26th January 2019 at The Friends Meeting House, Devizes.

A day for peedited who meople who wonder if God might be calling them to ministry in the Church of England.

Whether Ordination, Licenced 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

8-10 March 2019 in Woking

For more info visit:





It’s your call – Weekend for 18-30s exploring vocation, provided by CPAS

2-4 November 2018 in Birmingham

For more info visit


Vocation Sunday Resources 168023-20160204

Why not choose a day to be your Vocations Sunday?

For resources click here




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…

Diocese of Salisbury