Chaplaincy

Church of England Chaplains minister in a range of institutions. We work with schools, academies, partner charities, businesses, organisations and local churches.

Every day across the Diocese our Chaplains serve in different ways specific to their local context and situation.

Most chaplains are employed by the organisations within which they serve, but some are employed by the Diocese directly. 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.

Two main areas of chaplaincy within the Diocese of Bristol are within institutions of further and higher education.