A Short Guide to Surviving ‘The Discernment Process’ in the Church of England: 2020 Update
Having gone through the ‘discernment’ or ‘selection process’ in the Church of England, discerning a call to ordained ministry, at times I found myself rather disorientated at what would happen next. As I progressed through, was recommended, and subsequently began training I found I was not alone in this sense of bewilderment. Despite being an enriching and worthwhile process, many people I spoke to had been totally unprepared for what the process would actually mean for them.
I wrote this guide a few years back, with the aim of helping people approaching the process, to feel a bit more prepared for it. This version has been updated for 2020. In the research for the guide and with this update, I have spoken to many others who’ve gone through the process, I’ve sent out questionnaires, tweets and Facebook requests, asked people to share their stories and more, so ultimately this guide is the work of many, to whom I am very grateful.
Together it is a guide, but also a personal reflection, hopefully giving you a taste of what the process could be like for you. I say right throughout this guide that the situation will vary from diocese to diocese and I can’t stress this enough, but I hope that it will also offer a framework of how the process generally works too.
As always I’d love to hear from you if you have any questions, queries or if there are things you think I could add in. Just find me on social media or drop me an email.
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