Latest newsletter available now

Our June newsletter is now available:  stories from Chaplaincies and news of our activities.

Chaplains at Work June 2016

Annual Report for 2015 – 16 now available to download

CIGB Annual Report for 2015 – 16

Annual Meeting: Retailing Re-ordered?

Retailing Re-ordered Meeting

Vacancy – Ethical Money Churches Development Officer

Ethical Money Church Development Officer

for Ethical Money Churches in Birmingham & the Black Country Project

24 months (with possible extension), part time 3 days a week, working from home with easy access to the Birmingham and Wolverhampton area

Salary £23,000 (annual equivalent)

This is an exciting opportunity to join a unique project which is being delivered by the Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility (ECCR) in collaboration with the Churches and Industry Group Birmingham and Solihull & the Black Country Urban Industrial Mission.

The project will empower and resource local and regional worshipping communities in Birmingham & the Black Country. Its aim is to deepen congregations’ and communities’ understanding of faith and finance and to connect them with initiatives which bring greater financial resilience and empowerment to communities.

An understanding of political, social and economic issues and an ability to reflect upon them theologically is essential together with knowledge of the region’s established network of churches and associated organisations. Excellent communication skills with experience of engaging with churches and other worshipping communities both in writing and through public speaking is vital. Expertise in operating web sites and using social media is essential to the role.

To be successful you will need to show:

  • Creative thinking and commitment to working with faith communities to develop strategies in the good stewardship of assets and money for which they have responsibility
  • You are a team player with excellent networking and people skills
  • Self-motivation and be proactive with the ability to work under direction and on your own initiative, to prioritise work effectively and to work under pressure to meet deadlines
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Strong communication skills, ability to relate to, inspire and co-ordinate a wide range of individuals and groups
  • The ability to work ecumenically and openness to work with people of other faiths.

For further information, Job Description and Application Form please go to:

This is an exciting role in a unique project and you will be relating to a number of teams made up of organisations and people who are committed to empowering & transforming communities.

Latest newsletter from CIGB

The latest newsletter – with a new title – is now available to download.  AS usual, there is a mixture of articles, stories from Chaplaincies and information about forthcoming events.Chaplains at work March 2016

December 2015 newsletter

Sorry about the delay – the website has been ‘down’ for a while but is now up and running again.  The newsletter for December 2015 is now uploaded and available to download.  Earlier newsletters can be found on our ‘newsletters’ page.  As usual there is a wide variety of articles including some stories from around the Chaplaincies, economics, and those memorable(?) Christmas TV adverts, to name a few.

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The October edition of “LINK”, the newsletter of CIGB is now available to download. Articles include a reflection on some Listening Skills training and news of an exciting new project: Ethical Money Churches.

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Autumn Workplace Chaplaincy Training

Introduction to Workplace Chaplaincy:

Six Mondays from 5:30 – 7:30pm starting on 28th September2015 at 1 Colmore Row.


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This course is for people who are interested in voluntary workplace chaplaincy in one of the 15  existing workplace chaplaincy teams across Birmingham and Solihull or wanting to explore their own sense of call to chaplaincy.

The course covers an introduction to key skills and knowledge – listening to others, ‘being a guest’, making a difference, looking after yourself, understanding businesses etc – as well as reflecting on what chaplaincy means to churches and society. The programme involves input, exercises, discussion, a visit to see a Chaplaincy in action and some prayer and worship.

Most people who do the course have had some life experience in listening/caring, have belonged to a church for a few years, are interested in working with people outside of the usual boundaries of the church, and  are happy to work with other faiths. Participants on the course have previously come from a wide variety of churches, from Pentecostal to Roman Catholic, house churches to new monastic communities.

Could I be a workplace chaplain? – our leaflet introduces what chaplains do, why it is a growing ministry of the church and typical ground rules for Chaplains.

Churches and Industry Group Birmingham and Solihull has teams of voluntary chaplains to businesses, enterprises and organisations across Birmingham and Solihull, with about 60 volunteers altogether. Our chaplaincies are in places like Birmingham and Solihull Shopping Centres, NEC Group, National Express Buses, Kings Heath High St, Birmingham City Council and the Fire Service. More general information about Chaplaincy is available on our ‘Chaplaincy Fortnight’ page.

The trainers will be Peter Sellick and Elaine Hutchinson. Peter Sellick is currently a chaplain with Birmingham City Council, and has previously done chaplaincies to small businesses, manufacturing and Police for over 15 years. Elaine Hutchinson is the lead chaplain for Retail Chaplains in Birmingham City Centre and is a Chaplain at the Bullring Shopping Centre.  Elaine is also a URC Minister, and Peter is an Anglican Minister.

The course is an opportunity for participants to learn about the key chaplaincy ways of working, as well as a chance to discern whether it is for them. The course is not a commitment or a guarantee to proceed into workplace chaplaincy: that subsequent decision is for further discernment at the end of the course. The vast majority of chaplaincy positions in workplaces are unpaid. Other chaplaincy areas – eg Hospital / Healthcare, Education, Prison etc have their own specific training courses and requirements.

Previous course participants have said: “good for learning and understanding chaplaincy”, “very helpful to visit a chaplaincy in action”, “very good course”.

There is a charge of £20 to cover the cost of course materials.

For more information please click here: INTRODUCTION TO WORKPLACE CHAPLAINCY Autumn 2015

To join the course please contact for a Registration Form.

CIGB’s newsletter for July 2015 is now available to download here. Articles include a report from our recent AGM when our speakers included Mike Murray from St Modwen and Shelley Phelan from Bournville College who spoke about the impact of Chaplaincy on the regeneration of Longbridge. Other articles include two very different stories from Chaplaincies, a reflection on the socio/economic impact of migrant workers and some different ideas for celebrating harvest.

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Annual Meeting 2015

Annual Meeting and AGM: Monday 11 May from 5:30pm Hall 7, ICC Broad St, Birmingham

Chaplaincy: A Business-eye View

Mike Murray, Senior Development Surveyor for St Modwen Longbridge, and Shelley Phelan, Executive Director for Equalities, Diversity and Safeguarding at Bournville College, will be speaking about their organisations and how Chaplaincy adds value. The Longbridge redevelopment has had a Construction Chaplain for three years, and there are now Retail Chaplains to the new shops. Bournville College has had a team of Chaplains for two years, and they work with staff and students.

A recent report into Chaplaincy has identified the benefits of Chaplaincy to enterprises and organisations: as well as addition pastoral care, Chaplains also help create a sense of work community, provide an independent voice and can advise on religious diversity issues. Chaplains are there for people of any faith or no faith: their agenda is to see people and organisations flourish in a wholesome way.

The meeting will also include a short AGM business meeting, and refreshments. Get in touch if you would like to join us.