From the Catechism in The Book of Common Prayer:
Q. Who are the ministers of the Church?
A. The ministers of the Church are lay persons, bishops, priests and deacons.
Q. What is the ministry of the laity?
A. The ministry of lay persons is to represent Christ and his Church; to bear witness to him wherever they may be; and, according to the gifts given them, to carry on Christ's work of reconciliation in the world; and to take their place in the life, worship and governance of the Church.
Frederick Buechner, an American writer, theologian and Presbyterian minister, says that "the place where God calls you is the place where your deep gladness and the world's deep needs meet."
The question isn't are you called to ministry - every Christian is called to ministry. The question is to which ministry are you called. Ministries vary one to another in specifics. But all ministries assist in God's restoring work in this world.
One way to discern which ministry you are called to, is through discovering and naming your spiritual gifts.
Spiritual gifts are graces given by the Holy Spirit for the common good, for building up the Body of Christ and in prepartion for service or ministry (I Corinthians 12; Ephesians 4:12). The term spiritual gift comes from the Greek words, "charisma," meaning "expression of grace" and "pneumatikon," meaning "expression of spirit." There are many kinds of gifts but it is the same Spirit that gives them all. No gift is more important than another. All gifts are essential to the Body of Christ, the Church.
The spiritual gifts can be found in the following passages of Scripture: Romans 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11, 28-31; Ephesians 4:7-13 ; 1 Peter 4:10.
Spiritual Gift Inventory
One way to name your spiritual gifts is by taking an inventory. Here is one we recommend: Spiritual Gifts Inventory.
Once you have taken the inventory, we suggest talking with a member of the clergy or a spiritual director to explore the ministries where you gifts might be offered.