Workplace Chaplains


Workplace chaplains visit people at work, in a great range of industries and workplaces. Chaplains are motivated by their faith in God who cares and wills all things be transformed and renewed by His love and life. By this simple ministry of presence chaplains seek to promote work practices which are fair, equitable, sustainable and give dignity to all. A chaplain questions, celebrates, encourages and cares for all they meet, whether or not they are people of faith.

Most workplace chaplains are volunteers who give a few hours a week, visiting a number of local workplaces regularly. Chaplains usually work in local teams, which are invariably ecumenical, with chaplains drawn from a range of churches.

Click here for more information about Northumbria Industrial Mission (NIM) and workplace chaplaincy in our Diocese.

Read the latest NIM Chaplains' Reflections (August 2021) here and a larger version of the Altruistic August 'Action for Happiness' here.


Introduction to Workplace Chaplaincy Course

This six-week course ran by Workplace Chaplaincy Mission UK (WCM UK) starts on 12th October and will be held online via Zoom on Tuesday evenings from 7-8.30pm.

The cost of the six-week course will be £50 per person.

(Please get in touch if the cost is a barrier to joining in, as we do not wish to exclude anyone due to affordability.)

This course offers an introduction to workplace chaplaincy from a Christian viewpoint. It is open to anyone based in the UK (lay or ordained), who may be thinking of becoming a workplace chaplain and who wishes to know more about this important ministry in reaching out and offering support to people in their place of work. You do not have to be a member of WCM UK to attend this course. This is for existing chaplains who would like a refresher course, as well as for those who are new to workplace chaplaincy. Workplace Chaplaincy Teams are very welcome to send potential new team members on this course.

This introductory course will equip you with the skills to become a workplace chaplain offering care, support and encouragement to those at work. It offers participants the basic grounding, so that they may then go out into the workplace with the skills to be an effective chaplain.

The course will be delivered online via Zoom over five weekly sessions and one additional special session to be arranged for participants, which hopefully will provide the opportunity to shadow workplace chaplains on their visits. If geographical distance prevents this practical visit, an alternative online “Meet the Workplace Chaplain” will be arranged instead. The six sessions will be:

  1. Why be a workplace chaplain? (12th October)
  2. The chaplain as presence and pastor (19th October)
  3. Understanding the context of chaplaincy (26th October)
  4. The chaplain as critical friend (2nd November)
  5. Chaplaincy and the church (9th November)
  6. Visit – Organising for chaplaincy (TBC)

Those following this course will be put in touch with their local workplace chaplaincy team already in place, if there is one. Further support is available from WCM UK for those wishing to set up workplace chaplaincy teams.

The course will be led by Revd Dick Johnson, Development Officer of Faith at Work in Worcestershire and Joint Lead Chaplain to Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service and West Mercia Police, together with Revd Mark Ball, Team Leader of Kent Workplace Mission and Lead Chaplain of Bluewater Shopping Centre.

If you would like to discuss this course further please email or phone 07946 655450.

To book:


Lay Chaplaincy Course

Are you committed to spiritual development? Would you like to be involved in sharing God’s love by offering chaplaincy support?

Chaplains minister in various contexts – from shopping precincts to hostels, offices to schools or workplaces. This course, which is ran by Lindisfarne College of Theology, will help you become a confident Christian lay chaplain.

Entrance Requirements:

  • A recommendation / commendation from your vicar – chat to them first
  • An application form
  • Access to the course is by interview
  • Places are limited, so hurry!

Want more information?

Pamela Wilson: / 0191 374 6024

Alistair Price: / 0191 374 6015

Mission, Discipleship and Ministry Team, Cuthbert House, Stonebridge, Durham DH1 3RY


Webinar - After the Storm: Coping with Covid-19 grief and loss.  

Thursday 7th October | 1.30-3pm on Zoom. 

This webinar is offered in a collaboration between MHA and the Learning Network of the Methodist Church. It is of particular relevance for ministers, pastoral visitors, pastoral workers and circuit stewards, and of general interest to many who offer support and care to those who have suffered in this challenging time.

So much has been lost because of Covid and while some are ready to move on and focus on the future, others are left behind in grief. This webinar will look at the variety of losses we have experienced and offer some practical ways in which you can support those still grieving. 

For more information contact:

Book here on Eventbrite.


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