Is Church of England Ministry for me?


Date: Saturday 29 January 2022, 10.00am-2.00pm
Location: In person at Oak Hill College and online, live on Zoom

Jesus told his disciples, “the harvest is plentiful but the labourers are few, therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest”. (Matt 9:37-38)

As it was then – so it is now! The tremendous gospel opportunities in and through the Church of England, alongside the present complexities and challenges raise all kinds of hopes and concerns, questions and even obstacles in the minds of many Bible-believing potential gospel ministers.

For the last 5 years we have been holding an annual Saturday morning conference specifically designed to explore, engage with, and address both the opportunities and the concerns and questions.  It provides an excellent forum to think through and discuss them from both theological and practical viewpoints.

If you're considering gospel ministry in the Church of England and seeking to discern what God might be calling you to, come and join us for a morning to discuss these very questions:

  • Why the Church of England?
  • Why get ordained in the Church of England?
  • Why the Church of England now?
  • What are the options for ordained and non-ordained ministry, for women and men, in the Church of England?

We greatly need more gospel-hearted, bible-believing ministers but we also need ministers who have been well-trained, who understand and embrace the historic doctrine of the Church of England and who are willing to roll up their sleeves and get stuck in - might this be you?"  

Rev’d Dr Mark Pickles

Director of Training, North West Gospel Partnership


Refreshments will be served from 9.30am with the programme for the morning starting at 10.00am.

As well as hearing from others involved in parish ministry, we'll have the opportunity to hear from:

Rt Rev’d Rod Thomas,
Bishop of

Visit Rod's website

Rev’d Johnny Juckes,
President of
Oak Hill College

Read Johnny's College profile

Rev’d Dr Mark Pickles,
Director of Training, North West Gospel Partnership

Visit Mark's NWGP staff profile

We'll finish the morning with a time of Q&A over a finger buffet lunch, ending at 2.00pm.  After that, there will be chance for those with us in person to stay on and chat. If you join us on Zoom, you'll have the opportunity to sign up for a follow up conversation after the event.

Whether you're on Zoom or with us in person, it will be an interactive morning with opportunity for discussion and to ask your questions.  We’d love to help you as you discern the next step on the path God has for you.

Closing date for bookings is 10.00am Wednesday 26 January 2022. 

Book your free place here 


Carl Brooks-Plunkett - Former attendee and Ordinand

The event is incredibly informative, encouraging and challenging. It made me really excited about the potential of ordination."

Carl Brooks-Plunkett

Previous attendee and current ordinand

Watch the full video here