Forthcoming Events

Introduction to Workplace Chaplaincy Course February 2019


Seven Week Course in Central Birmingham (from Monday 11 Feb, Evening 2hrs/wk)

The 7 wk course covers:

  • an introduction to key skills and knowledge
  • what is chaplaincy?
  • listening to others and caring for people at work
  • making a difference as a ‘guest’ in a business organisation
  • exploring questions of faith, spirituality and world-view within an organisation
  • joining up chaplaincy and church
  • working safely in a team and looking after yourself

The programme involves input, exercises, discussion, a visit to see a Chaplaincy in action and some prayer and worship. Depending on prior skills and experience, further training sessions may be needed before CIGB would recommend a volunteer for Workplace Chaplaincy.


Most people who do the course:

  • have 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
  • 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.

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 and are not covered by this course.

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

More information is available here

To join the course please contact


What do Workplace Chaplains do?

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.

Good stores and information are on the national Workplace Chaplaincy Mission website 

Also see our Annual Reports and our videos

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.


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Past Events

Commissioning Service 2018

Our Annual Commissioning Service at Acocks Green Methodist Church. New Chaplains will be commissioned and existing Chaplains have the opportunity to rededicate themselves to their work.  Everyone is welcome to join us on this occasion.

Annual Meeting 2018

‘Helping West Midlands Work’   9 May  17:30-20:00

AGM and Keynote addresses from the Leader of Birmingham City Council, Councillor Ian Ward, and the Director of Managed Growth, Solihull Council, Anne Brereton.

at Unison, 19th Floor, McLaren Building, 46 Priory Queensway Birmingham B4 7LR

The AGM (18:00-18:30) will briefly update us on CIGB activities in 2017-18, and update our Governance and Financial Position. This will be the final AGM for our current chair, Venerable Hayward Osborne, who is stepping down.

Councillor Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council, will outline the public sector strategy to reverse the  position of Birmingham’s worsening employment situation; Anne Brereton from Solihull Council will sketch out the opportunities provided by the HS2 Interchange Growth Hub in North Solihull.

Workers Memorial Day Commemoration 2018

at St Philip’s Cathedral grounds, Colmore Row, B3 2QB

“Remember the Dead: Fight for the Living”

Workplace Chaplaincy in Solihull 2017 –  Introduction and Training      3 Week September course

Annual Meeting 2017

Chaplaincy Fortnight 2016: 7th – 21st June: “Celebrating the Whole Body of Christ”

Chaplains and churches are celebrating Chaplaincy as a Mission of the Christian Church: ‘Finding out where God is at work and joining in’.

Chaplains in Birmingham and Solihull work in diverse areas including Education, Healthcare, Military, Justice and Commercial Workplaces.


Annual Meeting 2016

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.

Ministry in the City of Birmingham 2016 – day course

Find our more about the key issues in the wider community/statutory sector/economy and how churches are developing their mission to these concerns. Includes Speakers from Birmingham City Council,  Visits to Church Projects and Bus Tour to see key sites in the City, and Lunch.

Taster for Chaplaincy at Longbridge  new Town Centre

God’s Heart for Longbridge and CIGB are offering a taster training session for local church members.  It is for congregation members who may be interested in helping people in the new places of Longbridge to see that God is alive – through chaplaincy support and celebrating God’s presence in their lives. The afternoon is being held at the ‘Factory’ on Longbridge Lane.

More information available here or contact Peter Sellick.  More info about Longbridge Town Centre here.

“More Tax, Less Aid:  Too Simple A Solution?”

Friday June 28th at 6.30pm

by Methodist Tax Justice Network in Birmingham. The meeting, chaired by Barbara Hayes, had speakers: Revd Peggy Mulambya Kabonde of the United Church of Zambia, John Cooper of Christian Aid and Gracewell Mwansa;  on the subject of whether the need for overseas aid would be eliminated if multinational companies paid their fair share of taxes in the countries where raw materials are extracted.

Annual Meeting 2013

This year’s Annual meeting was on Monday May 13th in the Banking Hall at Wragge & Co., 55 Colmore Row, Birmingham B3 2AS.

Our two guest speakers Tim Watts, CEO of Pertemps and Rob Johnston, TUC Regional Secretary spoke on the theme “Part-time and Temporary working:  Dynamic and Precarious?”.