Statistics from the Church of England for 2013 show that the number of young people (under 30s) accepted for training for the Church of England ministry continue to be the highest number in the past 20 years. Young people now represent 23% of those entering training. The statement went on to say:
The Ministry Division of the Archbishops’ Council is continuing to be proactive in recruiting young ordinands through providing conferences and training opportunities such as the Ministry Experience Scheme being piloted in 2013/14, which is looking to be extended from four Diocese for the academic year 2014/15.
The Archbishop of York will be hosting a conference, Step Forward 2014, for young people considering ordination. The event will take place at Bishopthorpe Palace, and the Archbishop will be keynote speaker for the day.
Liz Boughton, Young Vocations Advisor, Ministry Division of the Archbishops’ Council said: “We are delighted with the number of young adults recommended for ordained ministry last year. It’s great that an substantial number are having the confidence and support to hear and respond to God’s call to the priesthood. We welcome young people and value the gifts, enthusiasm and insights that they bring.”
The Bishop of Sheffield, Rt Revd Steven Croft, who is Chair of Ministry Division said: “The Church of England has a fresh vision and commitment to see people in their teens and twenties exploring God’s call to ministry.