All sorts of people from all backgrounds and walks of life are called by God to be chaplains. Chaplaincy can be a full time or a part-time role. It can be paid or voluntary and can be fulfilled by lay and ordained alike.
There is no blueprint for what makes a good chaplain, but all of our chaplains share some of the following criteria and characteristics:
- A person who is confident in his or her faith
- Willing to serve the 95% who don’t have regular contact with our places of worship
- A listener and pastor
- A collaborative team member
- A creative pioneer
- Aged between 18 and 80+
Elizabeth Alden, Chaplain at Kings of Wessex Academy, Cheddar
How do I become a Chaplain?
First take time to pray and talk with people you know and trust in your local faith community. If you believe God is calling you to a chaplaincy role, you are welcome to contact Mike Haslam, our Chaplaincy Development Adviser. Read more about Mike’s role and how he can help.
If you are considering setting up a chaplaincy in your school, workplace, organisation or community again contact Mike in the first instance.