New appointments made to encourage more young people to be priests

27th April 2015

The Bishop of Doncaster, Peter Burrows, has appointed two new Young Vocations Champions in the Sheffield Diocese.
Their job will be to head up the Young Vocations Initiative in the diocese to encourage more people under 30 to enter ordained ministry in the Church of England. The Church wants to encourage more gifted and committed young men and women, from all kinds of backgrounds, to consider whether God is calling them into ordained ministry as priests
The Champions are the Revd Duncan Bell, curate at St Chad’s in Woodseats who will work in the Sheffield and Rotherham areas; and the Revd Adam Priestley, curate at St Francis in West Bessacarr who will work in the Doncaster and Goole area.
Speaking on the appointments, Bishop Peter said:
“Over the past couple of years the Church nationally and in the Diocese, has witnessed an increase in the number of young people offering themselves for ordination.  They bring diverse experiences of life, energy and commitment to serving God in local communities and new initiatives across the Diocese.  However, we want to continue increasing these numbers and Duncan and Adam will play a key role in encouraging and nurturing vocations from amongst the under 30s.  Duncan and Adam are themselves making a huge impact in work with young people in the parishes in which they serve, and are excellent role models.”
In the coming months they will work to develop teams across the diocese and promote young vocations at events, festivals and conferences.  They will also work directly with young people, in places where they meet and gather.  Another major part of the role will be to identify churches and chaplaincies which nurture young vocations, then sharing this good practice with those that don’t.
Both Champions will also be the first port of call for local enquiries made through the ‘Call Waiting’ website operated by the national church.
The Revd Adam Preistley said:
“As someone who experienced both conversion and calling in my twenties I remember well the feelings of puzzlement which can sometimes accompany the call to ordination. I was, however, greatly blessed to have had some very discerning people guide, direct and support me. I hope to provide a similar role as the Church of England seeks to recognise the gifts and callings of the young people God is raising up as ministers in his Church.”
The Revd Duncan Bell said:
“I love being a curate and sharing Jesus with people, and I hope that in this role I can encourage young people to think about ordination, just as others encouraged me. Until someone helped me to think about getting ordained, I assumed it was something that was for older people, so if I can help other people to consider if it might be for them, that would be great!”

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