(Formerly The Industrial Mission Association)
Supporting Workplace Chaplaincy Mission across the UK
Workplace Chaplaincy Mission UK (WCM UK) is a British network of over 500 practitioners engaged in workplace chaplaincy mission. It has its roots in the Industrial Mission Association, founded in 1959. A map of some of the locations of our member Chaplaincies can be found here.
Membership is open to all people engaged in workplace chaplaincy mission and those interested in supporting our activities. Membership also enables full access to our network, conferences and WorkPlace People Magazine.
To become a Member, information is available here.
Members can register for Web Access here and then access the Members page for full resources:
- suggested standard policies
- training course materials
- Insurance details and advice
Our members belong to all reaches of the Christian Church are found in various workplaces:
- retail and town centres
- transport and industry
- public sector, local government, emergency services
- professional services, social enterprises and charities
- some education areas (eg Further Education).
Many chaplains are also involved with social, economic and faith regeneration projects.
Workplace Chaplaincy Mission UK supports Chaplaincy Teams, and Individual Chaplains, with resources, networking, conferences and training. We can advise churches, chaplains and workplaces in good chaplaincy practice.
The charity also promotes the role of Workplace Chaplaincy as a form of ecumenical outreach for the Christian Churches of the UK and work alongside other types of Chaplaincy. We are associated with Churches Together in England.
Are you a Church member wanting to start Workplace Chaplaincy with support from other chaplains nearby?
Are you an individual, business or church looking for a chaplain?
Are you a workplace chaplain looking for resources?
Are you a Christian looking deeper to see the link between faith and work?
Workplace Chaplaincy can provide workplace staff with pastoral care, a sense of community, and an independent, confidential perspective. Chaplains also provide linkage to local community groups.
Chaplaincies respect faith differences and do not attempt to proselytise. This is a ministry authorised by churches, but based in different host organisations.
The network is led by a group of Trustees. As well as steering the charity and encouraging the development of Workplace Chaplaincy across the UK, we also relate to national church representatives and other networks of chaplains – e.g. Armed Services, Universities, and Hospitals. Increasingly we work alongside Chaplains of other faiths.
The Industrial Mission Association and now WCMUK has maintained an uninterrupted and vital church presence in workplaces throughout the UK for over 65 years, and continues to do so today.
As an example of Workplace Chaplaincy, this is a video explaining a bit more about one of the chaplaincies we support, Swindon Commercial Chaplaincy