Aims and Management of CIGB
The Patron of CIGB
The Lord Mayor of Birmingham
Joint-Presidents of CIGB
The Rev Ian Howarth – President of the Birmingham Free Church Federal Council
The Most Revd Bernard Longley – Roman Catholic Archbishop of Birmingham
The Right Revd David Urquhart – Anglican Bishop for Birmingham
The Management Council of CIGB
The Reverend Steve Faber – Chair, Moderator of URC West Midlands Synod
Steve Faber has been the Moderator of the URC West Midlands Synod since 2015. He has oversight and responsibility for the 123 United Reformed churches in the synod – covering an area from Staffordshire to Herefordshire. He has been a URC Minister in Lincolnshire and before that he had a career in computing, including running his own business as a freelance consultant.
The Revd Mark Fisher, Vice Chair – United Reformed Church representative
Mark originally served on CIGB’s Management Council during the years he served as General Secretary of Birmingham Churches Together (1996-2005). Returning to minister to Christ Church Solihull after six years working for Churches Together in England, where he had oversight of Free Churches chaplaincy accreditation in health care and prisons, Mark is now embarking on a project relating to chaplaincy in Care Homes alongside his local church ministry.
Mr Patrick Bryan, Honorary Treasurer – Black-led Churches Representative
Patrick has been part of the Management Council for several years. He is an accountant by profession and works in social housing.
The Revd Colin Marsh – Birmingham Churches Together
Colin is the Ecumenical Development Officer for Birmingham Churches Together and Secretary to the West Midlands Region Churches Forum and helps CIGB connect with the wider church networks across the city and West Midlands.
The Revd Peter Middleton – Roman Catholic Church Representative
Peter works as a Deacon for the Roman Catholic Church, based in South Birmingham. He is also a chaplain for a local Mental Health Trust, and a Hospital Trust. Prior to ordination, Peter worked in Local Government.
Mr David Pinwell – Birmingham Methodist District Representative
Dave is CEO of Colebridge Trust Ltd in Solihull, a community development enterprise. He is actively involved in a number of initiatives to encourage economic growth, community enterprise and capacity building in the regeneration area of North Solihull as well as the support and development of Solihull’s Third Sector.
The Revd Dave Ellis- Birmingham Baptist Representative
Dave Ellis is one of the Regional Ministers with the Heart of England Baptist Association and provides a link between CIGB and the Baptist Churches of the city and the region.
The Revd David Butterworth – Birmingham Methodist District Representative
David is the Interfaith Workplace Chaplain at the NEC Group, and part of the CIGB team.
Mr Simon Charlwood – Church of England Birmingham Representative
Simon has worked in vehicle services industry, and the public sector, for a number of years. He belongs to a church in Selly Oak area of Birmingham.
Mrs Pauline Upsall – Workplace Representative
Pauline has been a Senior HR Practitioner in the Public Sector, and a Solicitor working in private practice and for charities.
In Attendance at the Management Council:
The Revd Peter Sellick – CIGB Development Director
Val Dalton – CIGB Secretary
Aims and Activities
Industrial Mission is undertaken by the Christian churches in order to understand, respond to and influence the world or work. At the heart of Industrial Mission is the connection Christians make between Christian faith, work and economic life. Our task it to discern the activity of God and to foster appropriate responses in these aspects of God’s creation. Industrial Mission is, therefore, part of God’s creative work. Industrial Mission is ecumenical in order not to add to those divisions which already exist in economic life.
The Aims of the Churches’ Industrial Group
- to establish and develop Industrial Mission in the Birmingham area through industrial chaplains and others
- to promote the understanding and interpretation of the Christian faith in economic life, in conjunction with industrial and commercial undertakings, trades unions and organisations dealing with the training or employment
- to be a resource to the church in relation to work and economic life, affirming work as part of God’s creative purpose for all people
These formal aims provide the focus of the work and are included in the Constitution.
Core Activities and Purpose
To learn about industry and commerce and how it affects people
- through chaplaincy
- through links with the Chamber of Commerce, Unions and others
To care for people at work
- through chaplaincy
- resourcing local churches
- networking with helping agencies
To act with others in promoting a more humane and just society by offering the insights of the Christian faith
- researching and acting on key economic issues
- encouraging good working practice and positive cultures
To share with the wider church the knowledge gained in order to stimulate a greater awareness of the impact of industry and commerce on society
- providing briefings and other material
- providing training and education on chaplaincy and ‘faith and work’