The Diocese of Bath and Wells is pleased to announce that it has appointed Revd Mike Haslam as Chaplaincy Development Advisor.
In his new role Mike, who started in post this Monday (18 September), is responsible for developing and supporting chaplaincy across the diocese. Chaplaincy is a growing area of ministry and there is huge potential for further growth.
Whilst based within the education team, Mike’s remit is wider and he will be supporting existing chaplaincies and seeking to develop new chaplaincies across all sectors; “Wherever and whenever people feel called by God to do it, we have organisations willing to host it and we have the money to make it happen,” says Mike. “The mission field is huge,” he adds. As Bishop Ruth said at my Licensing, it includes everything from “the pigsty to the palace”.
Mike will work with colleagues to seek to develop tailored vocational and training pathways for chaplains. He is also on hand to give advice and guidance to lay or ordained people feeling called to this ministry.
The creation of this new role demonstrates the diocese’s commitment to chaplaincy and the drive to put mission and evangelism at the heart of all that it does.
Mike is a familiar face in the diocese. He has worked in the chaplaincy field for many years, serving as chaplain at Taunton Academy and as chair of the diocese’s chaplaincy group. He joins Diocesan Support Services from Taunton deanery where he was Chaplain of Taunton Academy and Richard Huish College and Assistant Rural Dean. He is also Honorary Associate Priest in the Alfred Jewel Benefice, a role that he will continue.
Mike says, “Chaplaincy has been described to me as ‘the public face of God’ that’s scary but also exciting – it’s the opportunity to share the Good News in a whole load of different places with people who have never heard it before.
“I know already of a number of organisations who are desperate to host chaplaincy – these organisations are inviting us in and I want to make sure we take them up on that invitation.”
You can contact Mike direct by phone: 01749 685121 or by email.