Su writes: “When we do work around the discernment and appointments process, we look at a simple model to ensure that the focus is in the right place. It’s easy – very easy – to get caught up in the anxieties of what the next post might be: anxieties around the practicalities and the detail as well as the struggle of looking at job ads and feeling hopeless in comparison to the high expectations of the Person Spec!  That’s why we recommend that the starting point in the discernment process is God. And then it’s you (what are your gifts? what do you bring?) And only after reflecting with God, and on you, do you start to look at “them”: which could be about exploring jobs or applying for a particular role.
Jesus told us to pray like this. Start with praising God. Then pray for you and what you need. And then pray for “them” and forgiveness.”