What is Discernment?
The New Testament encourages us to examine everything and work out whether it is good (from God) or bad (and therefore something to avoid): 1 Thess 5:21-22.
The same can be said when trying to work out your vocation (or calling): some roles are right for us and some are not.
Discernment can be worked out just between you and God for some things, but often it is easier to work with individuals or a process to help you discover what God might be saying.
If you are considering ordained ministry the Discernment Process is a reasonably formal sequence of events, interviews, direction, prayer and assessments.
In their book Reader Ministry Explained, Cathy Rowling and Paula Gooder list these questions as an initial guide to discernment:
You could also take a looks at Ten Steps to Discovering God's Call
Please know that the discernment process is deliberately long and confronting. In addition, the final result is not the product of boxes-ticked or hoops jumped through - it is an act of prayer that leads to corporate intuition. For this reason it is helpful to reflect on John leaping in Elizabeth's womb.