Tomorrow's Calling

Being a minister is one of the most challenging, yet rewarding jobs in Scotland. It requires leadership, resilience, compassion and energy… and that's just for starters. The role of parish minister is at the very heart of Scotland's communities and central to the Kirk's 1,400 congregations.

The Tomorrow's Calling website provides detailed information about what to expect during training for ministry and helpful advice for individuals exploring their calling to serve God. The site also features a wide range of first-hand accounts from front-line Church of Scotland ministers who talk about their own calling and experiences as parish ministers and chaplains to communities across Scotland.

Rev Tommy MacNeil

Rev Tommy MacNeil
Martins Memorial in Stornoway

"I would have done anything to be honest, other than be a minister, but God made it very clear that's what he wanted from me. I knew it would be demanding. I'm on call 24/7. Although it's challenging, the more you give to people the more you see the beauty and diversity of life. You never lose from that."

Rev Michael Mair

Rev Michael Mair
St David's Broomhouse in Edinburgh

"Being a minister is a phenomenal role to play in the community. You get to journey with people through the highs and lows of life. There's nothing else like it."

Rev Stella Campbell

Rev Stella Campbell
Skene Church in Aberdeenshire

"If you feel a sense of calling in your heart you can't run away from it."

The Church of Scotland is actively looking for the next generation of parish ministers. We seek men and women of all ages who feel called to serve the church and are considering entering our comprehensive ordained ministry programme.

You will find a handy FAQs about training for ministry on the Tomorrow's Calling website. If you do not find the answers you are looking or require more information, please get in touch directly at

Vocations Information Day

A starting point is our Vocations information day, at which attendance is required before you can apply for our Discernment process. The next Vocations Conference is 9th February 2019 at the St John’s Episcopal Church, Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 4BJ. You can find out more and book a place by downloading and completing our conference registration.

Further Information

You can find out more about the role of Ministries in the Church and about the Discernment Process run by our Ministries Council. We have created a visualisation of the discernment process.

Find out what kind of people become ministers by viewing our minister profiles.