We are a team of Workplace Chaplains:
Economic Chaplaincy Missioners.
We help Churches and Workplaces
to build relationships
and work for the Common Good
in Birmingham and Solihull
Interested in becoming a Voluntary Workplace Chaplain?
Thinking about how to connect Faith and Work?
Our next Birmingham 6 wk Chaplaincy Training Course starts February 27. More here.
Chaplaincy offers support and witness. Chaplains give time and care. Workplace staff come to us for confidential listening, and friendly relationship independent of their workplace. Through our mission, we witness to hope and faith. Theologian Ann Morisy describes Chaplains as:
“steadying the soul, when head and heart are under pressure;
giving birth to ‘God in the soul’, through a ministry of awakening;
supporting people’s intimation that there is ‘more to life than meets the eye’“
Chaplaincy stories are available at https://www.facebook.com/CIGB1
Our growing base of volunteer chaplains shows that Christians recognise the challenges of working life. For Christians in the workplace, our chaplains support their ‘discipleship at work’. Chaplaincy is part of the church’s ‘Journeying Out’. Chaplaincy is a ‘Very Modern Ministry’ according to a recent report. Although our main activity is chaplaincy to workplaces, we also act in partnership with churches to respond in discipleship to issues of jobs, money and fair working practices.
We run a regular Chaplaincy Training Course which offers Christians a chance to explore making sense of their faith in a work environment, and an Introduction to Birmingham Training Day to help Church organisers connect their theology with major public policy issues in Birmingham. For a list of where our current 60+ chaplaincies are based see here.
Chaplaincy sponsored by the Churches of Birmingham and Solihull
The Presidents of CIGB are the leaders of Birmingham Churches Together (birminghamchurches.org.uk).
The CIGB chaplaincy team has members from the different denominations of church in Birmingham and Solihull. CIGB also works with individual church communities in working for a faithful local economies in their areas. We receive financial support from Church denominations for our work, and this support is matched by donations from a number of businesses.
For an impression of urban chaplaincy, read here a Mission Matters report on Methodist town centre chaplaincy projects in the UK.