Discern God's Call for Ministry
In the Episcopal Church, we believe that all people are called to ministry by virtue of baptism. The process of identifying, celebrating and utilizing our talents and gifts in the church and in the world is understood as “discernment.” The Diocese of Western North Carolina encourages leaders at the parish level to be companions on the journey of discernment with every lay member as they discover how they are called to participate in God’s redeeming work in the world.
Sometimes individuals, alongside their congregation, discern gifts that may suggest a call to ordained ministry of a deacon or a priest in the church. The diocese desires ordained leaders who will equip our congregations to adapt to new realities and proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ in ways that speak to the varied contexts and cultures of our communities.
Below you will find documents you will need should you begin down the path of discernment.
Suggested reading for further discernment
Suzanne Farnham Listening Hearts
Henri Nouwen Discernment
Parker Palmer Let your Life Speak: listening for the Voice of Vocation
Ronald Rolheiser The Holy Listening
Esther de Wall Seeking God: The Way of St. Benedict
For more information, contact the Rev. Christie Olsen, chair of the Commission on Ministry.