The path to prayer

Country Life Every Week - - In The Garden -

There are more than 20,000 or­dained min­is­ters in the Church of Eng­land, plus some 6,000 read­ers and li­censed lay min­is­ters. The Church or­dained 498 new clergy in 2015 and has plans to ramp this up to 750 a year by 2020. De­pend­ing on age and ex­pe­ri­ence, it takes two to three years of full-time train­ing to be or­dained a priest. You’ll then serve a three- to four-year cu­racy, be­fore be­ing able to ap­ply to be­come a vicar in your own right. The first step for those in­ter­ested is to speak to your vicar. Those un­der 30 should go to www.call­wait­ing.org.uk to find out more and older ap­pli­cants can visit http://vo­ca­tion.chur­chofeng­land.org

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