Chaplains are people who are appointed by the Church to
work in all kinds of places outside the normal life of the
congregation. There are chaplains in hospitals, workplaces,
prisons, the armed forces, shopping centres, rural areas, colleges,
universities and schools to name but a few. In all these
places chaplains try to show God's love through offering care and
support, and by representing Christian values and beliefs.
Chaplains share the great privilege of discovering what God is
doing out there - beyond the Church. In our diverse society
chaplaincy has to show the greatest sensitivity and respect.
Christian chaplains often work in ecumenical teams or alongside
colleagues from other faiths.
Chaplaincy and the Methodist Church
The Methodist Church has a long history of chaplaincy work going
back to the time of the Wesleys and you will find Methodist
Chaplains in some quite surprising places. Chaplaincy schemes
may be supported and run by the local Church, the Circuit, the
District or the Connexion, but there is always some sense in which
the chaplain is "sent" by the Church. Chaplains always work with
the support of the Church - they are never alone.
What kind of people are chaplains?
There are many different kinds of Methodist chaplains.
Most are volunteers - ordained ministers working full time as
chaplains are very much in the minority. A Chaplain
could be a visitor at the hospital, part of a team who talk to the
staff in the shopping centre or someone who meets with students and
staff at the local College.
Download the General Chaplaincy
NB Chaplaincy packs for listed individual chaplaincy activities
can be found on the Chaplaincy Activities
- Chaplaincy ActivitiesSome of the fields where chaplains operateRead more
- Chaplaincy EssentialsA flexible training resource for new and more experienced chaplainsRead more
- The Chaplaincy Everywhere Course
A small group resource for nurturing engagement in God's
mission thr...Read more
- The Chaplaincy Everywhere FilmA short film about Chaplaincy Everywhere. Download and share with your church groupRead more
- Chaplaincy Exhibition
The Chaplaincy Everywhere Exhibition:
stories, insights and i...Read more
- Chaplaincy SpiralThe Spiral of Chaplaincy DevelopmentRead more
- The Development Project
Local, congregation-led chaplaincy
is one of the most effective wa...Read more
- About chaplaincy
...an ancient tradition.
St Martin of Tours ( 316...Read more
- What makes a good chaplain?
Chaplains work in a variety of contexts:
Chaplains are pastors: th...Read more
- Key Characteristics of Chaplaincy Read more
- Sacred Presence and Ethical ChallengeSix reflective essays on the Church’s chaplaincy response to World War 1Read more
- Chaplaincy ContactsWho to contact about various areas of chaplaincyRead more
- Sign up for Chaplaincy Everywhere E-NewsNews, resources, share your stories
A small group resource for
nurturing engagement in God's mission through chaplaincy
Chaplaincy in the
Watch a video
shown at the 2014 Methodist Conference. Padre Chris Acher describes
his motivation to become a military chaplain, and his experiences
with the RAF in Afghanistan.
the church that has left the building... We can all be involved in
- General Secretary of the Methodist Church in