Exploring God's Call

Exploring God’s Call in Your Life   

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An Introduction to Exploring God's Call in Your Life

All of us are blessed with gifts and talents from God. Like seeds, they are already planted in our souls, waiting for the right conditions to support growth. As human beings created in God’s image, we have been given the capacity to grow into healers, peace-makers, advocates for justice, and active participants in building relationships that promote love and trust. The manifestation of God’s purposes on earth is dependent upon our willingness to acknowledge and use our gifts for this greater mission. As we follow Jesus, we experience times of clarity about our unique gifts, purpose or sense of ‘call’ from God. At other times, we have no idea what God’s call means for our daily lives. Struggle and restlessness may fill our souls as we wonder, wait and pray for guidance. It is at this very juncture that we need the support of Christian community to help us discern or discover the call that is particular to each one of us. How does this happen in the Episcopal Church of New Hampshire?

Entering into a process for Discernment of Vocation

  • Speak with your priest (clergy sponsor)
  • Meet with Canon Tina Pickering
  • Begin meeting with a spiritual director
  • Meet with a Clearness Committee: 6 months
  • Meet with Canon Tina or Bishop Rob to determine Lay Vocation or Ordained Vocation
  • If ordained vocation, and with the Bishop's approval, meet with a Regional Discernment Committee: 6 months
  • In preparation for meeting with the Bishop and RDC, write Spiritual Autobiography and send to RDC and Bishop
  • At conclusion of RDC, send a reflection to the Bishop on discernment process

For a more complete description of our discernment process for Lay and Ordained Vocations, please read our:

Trellis Guide 

and see resources below. 

For questions or more information please contact Canon Tina Pickering, Canon for Ministry Development, tpickering@nhepiscopal.org or (603) 224-1914  


What is a Clearness Committee?

Called to New or Renewed Lay Vocation

(this section of the website is in development - stay tuned!) 


Called to an Ordained Vocation: the Work of Regional Discernment Committees

For Ordination to the Vocational Diaconate

For Ordination to the Priesthood