All Christians are called to build up God's church in the world and to make a difference in the communities in which they live and work. Some Christians are called to ordination. There are two different styles of ordained ministry – stipendary ministry and self-supporting ministry.
Stipendary ministry is where a person receives a stipend ie. financial support or income from the church. Typically, the person will then work either as a parish priest, or as a chaplain in a hospital, a prison, a place of education, or some other specialised position.
Self-supporting ministry is for a person who chooses not to receive a stipend from the church. The person may continue to work in his or her own chosen employment after ordination and yet be active within the life of the church as their time allows. The person will be sponsored and supported by the parish or faith community in which she or he ministers.
The Anglican church recognises the importance of teaching.
As the good news about God is proclaimed, those who respond by coming to faith in Christ, require guidance, nurturing and teaching in their new faith. Such teaching and learning become a lifelong practise for a follower of Jesus Christ. This process of teaching, learning, and growing in one's understanding and practise of the Christian faith is called discipleship.
This process of discipleship covers all ages. For a new Christian believer, baptism into God's family, the church, is the first step. Encouraging, caring for, and discipling the new believer is the important task of the local church congregation.
As a way of reaching out to, and influencing, the wider community, the Wellington Diocese supports several primary and secondary (Anglican) schools, as well as other para-educational groups whose focus is to support and teach the Christian faith.
Establishing chaplaincies in the workplace, in hospitals, and in prisons, and also weekly Christian Religious Education programmes in State schools, are other ways that the Wellington Diocese addresses the issue of informing people and teaching them about the values, principles and doctrines of the Christian faith.