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Nearly 30,000 serving ministers, both lay and ordained, are being encouraged to hold at least one conversation a month about vocation with someone different from themselves, in a campaign unveiled  by the Church of England.

The Great Vocations Conversation, launched on Vocations Sunday (April 22) invites licensed and ordained ministers to sign up to a series of reflections and prayers on talking and praying about a range of vocations – from the priesthood to living out the Christian faith in everyday working life.

The campaign builds on the 14% increase last year in those entering training for ordination – the highest figure for a decade - and the work of the Setting God’s People Free programme aimed at encouraging the vocations of Christians who are not called to ordained or licensed ministry.

Research has indicated that personal conversation and relationships are among the most effective means for encouraging vocations.

Magdalen Smith, Diocesan Director of Ordinands, said: "We all have a part to play in encouraging others to respond to God. Often other people are better at seeing our gifts than we are, so a personal conversation is among the best ways to uncover someone’s vocation.”

Exploring a vocation in this Diocese

For more information on vocations in the church click here ( http://chester.anglican.org/ministry/is-god-calling-you/ )

Foundations for Ministry course

Foundations for Ministry is a course which enables you to discover your gifts and calling while learning with others. This course is open to anyone who wants to grow and develop in Christian ministry and forms the first year of training for Reader and Pastoral Worker ministries. The next course begins in September. For further information or an application form please contact, email ministry@chester.anglican.org