Tomorrow's Calling

It's 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.

Tomorrow's Calling is the name of our new recruitment campaign to attract new applicants into ministry. We've created a new video featuring a diverse range of Church of Scotland ministers talking about their role.

We've just launched a new careers website Tomorrows Calling which 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.

At our new Tomorrow's Calling website, we've created a handy set of FAQ's about training for ministry. If you don't see the question you'd like to ask us, or just require more information, please get in touch directly at

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 10 February 2018 at the Conforti Institutes Calder House/Calder Av, Coatbridge ML5 4JS.

. You can find out more and book a place by downloading and completing our conference registration.

We also have an information sheet about the Vocations information day to download. And if you have any questions or require further information, contact

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

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

What steps do you take to become a minister in the Church of Scotland?