Who runs Step Forward?

Step Forward is organised by a team made up of staff and students from Cranmer Hall (the Anglican theological college in Durham) in conjunction with the Diocesan Directors of Ordinands (DDOs) from Durham, Newcastle and York, the Anglican College of the Resurrection, Mirfield and The Yorkshire Ministry Course.

The Archbishop of York is our keynote speaker.

I’m not sure if I have a calling. Is this event for me?

Well, we could say that all Christians have a calling from God, whether that is entering ordained ministry, or something entirely different! Step Forward is a day when you consider this question with “no strings attached”. Discerning God’s call for your life can be a very long process, and typically the people attending Step Forward will each be at a different stage along this journey.

Please see our stepping forward section for suggested resources which may be helpful to you as you consider your calling.

What if I haven’t talked to anyone about my calling yet?

This is true for a number of people who attend Step Forward. Spending a day like this should help to clarify your thoughts and enable you to articulate your sense of God’s call.

I’m seriously considering being ordained, but can’t attend Step Forward. Is there anything I can do instead?

Yes, you can contact your Diocesan Director of Ordinands (DDO). Contact details for the DDOs of Durham, Newcastle and York dioceses are provided on the Contacts & Links page. If you are from another diocese, your local diocesan website should provide details for your DDO.

You can find links to all dioceses in England at http://www.churchofengland.org/about-us/dioceses.aspx

I’m considering ordination, but am under 18/over 30. Can I still attend?

Step Forward is specifically for people aged 18-30.

If you are outside this age range, you should consider attending the annual Young Vocations Conference for 16-19 year olds, or the National Vocation Conference.

Visit the Church of England website: https://www.churchofengland.org/life-events/vocations/your-calling

March 2023 date TBC

1.00pm to 4.30pm on Zoom

Details for the Zoom meeting will be sent to those who register to attend. Registration opens 0ctober 2022.