Every day across the diocese over 100 chaplains serve in retail and industry, health, education, the armed forces and a whole range of other organisations. Others serve on the streets as town chaplains or Street Pastors.
Most chaplains in Bath and Wells are employed by the organisations within which they serve, but some are employed by the diocese direct. Others are voluntary and they may be lay or ordained. Chaplains come from all denominations and traditions. In many ways their ministry is like that of a parish minister, but instead of being based within a parish they are building spiritual life in secular institutions.
Being part of an organisation or business gives chaplains a unique understanding of its culture and ethos and enables them to live the Gospel there in the most effective way.
Read more about the work of Chaplains and their role in this special edition of Manna magazine.