Chaplaincy is a form of ministry outside the normal life of a church congregation, that is authorised by the church and recognised by a host of organisation.

There are over 100 chaplains from Church of England – Birmingham who are active within places like Hospitals, Universities, Emergency Services, Military, Trains and Buses, Shops, Factories, Schools and Colleges. There is growing demand for chaplains.

Chaplaincy is often a vulnerable presence that may have little power or recognition: chaplains develop their effectiveness through faith, hope and love.

Chaplaincy is usually a long-term ministry of presence, engagement and prayer. It is most commonly a voluntary ministry, though often expenses are paid by the host organisation. Every day is different and chaplains never know what to expect when they start the day.

Chaplains discover that God is already in that place, and usually their role is to gently point that out. Chaplains are there for people of any faith or no faith: many operate in multi-faith environments and build understanding and trust with colleagues from other faiths. Chaplains often work in partnership with other church denominations.

A good introductory course about Chaplaincy is available from the Methodist church.

To find out more about Chaplaincy

Hospitals – contact your local hospital

Emergency Services, Public Sector, Businesses, Transport – contact CIGB (Churches and Industry Group Birmingham-Solihull)

Universities and Schools – contact your local education providers

Further Education Colleges – contact WMCFEC website