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Exploring Heart

Heart is the Bible's way of describing the sum of your desires, hopes, interests, ambitions and dreams. Here are some resources to help you explore your heart and consider a call to ordination.

Exploring Heart

What about ordination?

Reflect on your heart, can you see how ordained ministry would fulfil and satisfy the desires of your heart? Ordained ministry may strike chords with you if, among other things, you have a heart for

  • mission and evangelism: seeing other people's lives transformed by knowing the love of God, revealed in Jesus Christ.
  • people: having a genuine concern for others and a desire to help them; being angry about injustice and unfairness; wanting to lead and enable others.
  • following Jesus: wanting to grow spiritually in the depth of your personal relationship with Jesus Christ; seeking to give your life to the service of Christ, according to his will and purpose, not your own.



"I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh. Then they will follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. They will be my people, and I will be their God." (Ezekiel 11:19-20, The Bible, TNIV)

"You arouse us so that praising you may bring us joy, because you have made us and drawn us to yourself, and our heart is unquiet until it rests in you." (St. Augustine of Hippo, Confessions)


resources for exploring ordination (click to expand)

  • Call Waiting website

    Call Waiting is a Church of England initiative to help identify and encourage young people to consider ordained ministry.


other resources for exploring call (click to expand)

  • Reading list

    A list of books which may help you explore aspects of vocation, ordination, spirituality, anglicanism, biblical studies, faith and theology, liturgy and worship.

  • Stuart Buchanan, On Call: Exploring God's Leading to Christian Service, (brf, 2001)

    On Call looks at some of the stories of calling in the Bible and considers the implications for those exploring call today. (This book is out of print, but you can read it online by following this link to the St. John's, Nottingham college web site.)


    a website containing some more stories of people who God has called to various forms of ministry and leadership in the church. Produced by Lichfield diocese.


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