Do you wonder what God's purpose is for your life? Do you sense God's calling to ordained ministry? CPAS You and Ministry weekends have helped more than 10,000 people, over more than 50 years, to engage with some of the issues through a helpful mix of specialist knowledge, good listening skills, practical advice and encouragement.
CPAS You and Ministry weekends are for anyone (aged 16 or over) who wants to explore their sense of calling to ordained or other authorised ministries in the church. Married or engaged people often find it helpful to be accompanied by their partners. Attendance is on a 'no strings attached' basis: there is no expectation that participants are committing themselves to 'formal' ministry.
Each weekend provides opportunities for you to listen to how God is leading you, listen to Bible teaching, gather information, ask questions, talk in confidence with impartial advisers and share fellowship with others who are considering their call: all in a relaxed atmosphere, with good food.
CPAS staff lead the conferences, speaking from personal experience of ordained ministry. They are joined by local ministers who offer practical insights and wisdom. Sessions include:
- Understanding vocation.
- Ministry in the New Testament and the Church of England today.
- Selection and training for ordained ministries.
- How does God guide?
- Questions to local ministers.
- Finance and lifestyle in Christian ministry.
Within each session there will be plenty of time for questions and discussion. Nothing is assumed and each conference is tailored to the needs and questions of the participants. If you have any particular needs, please do not hesitate to call 0300 123 0780 and talk them over with CPAS staff.
When and where?
Dates and venues of future events are listed towards the bottom of this page. Each weekend runs from 7pm on Friday to 3.30pm on Sunday.
To book, please click on your preferred location in the list below and follow the online booking process.
A non-returnable deposit (£30 per person) is payable on booking.
In 2017, the fee for the weekend is £210 per person, or a discounted £390* per married couple. This includes all accommodation, meals, sessions and materials. Non-resident participants pay £150 per person.
* For the discount to apply, you will need to make a group booking. If for any reason you cannot book all members of the group on to the event together, please contact us to book them on.
We encourage participants to approach their church for financial support as well as practical help, prayer and advice. Any call to ministry is always the responsibility of the whole church.
CPAS is an Anglican evangelical mission agency. However, we are not part of the official structure of central organisations or diocesan staff. This independence is a great gift to those on our conferences, enabling us to give informed but impartial and confidential help and advice.
Future dates and venues
For details of our other training events, please visit the CPAS events page.