Report from Peter J Bates, IMA National Elections Officer
The next Moderator of the IMA
I can report that on 3rd November 2015, there was just one nomination for the post of the next IMA Moderator, Peter Sellick; proposed by IMA NEC member Olwen Smith and supported by Dick Johnson and Paul Simmonds. Below is Peter’s summary of his experience and statement of how he would approach the role if elected, together with Olwen’s statement of support
He has now been duly elected and will serve a 3-year term of office from September 2016.
Statement from Peter Sellick
I am currently Development Director for Churches and Industry Group Birmingham and Solihull. I have been engaged in Industrial Mission and Workplace Chaplaincy since 1998: in manufacturing industries, local authority, police and Further Education. My current role involves training and recruiting new voluntary chaplains, supporting existing chaplains, connecting with church communities and being a chaplain with Birmingham City Council.
My view is that the IMA national executive can best enable the network by focussing our very limited resources on nurturing volunteer chaplains, encouraging more regional sharing and connecting with younger workers/church members. The sharp increase in interest in chaplaincy, from a wide range of churches and organisations, means we have an opportunity to capitalise on our many years of experience by sharing our knowledge and learning. My hope is that this work could be delivered by all on the national executive sharing responsibility and energy, as I will have no more than a few hours per week to give to this role. I would be able to use my Birmingham location to get out and about around the country to hear what is happening.
I am currently chair of the West Midlands IMA network, and have been working to update the IMA’s website and social media activity. I was a member of the Black Country Urban Industrial Mission for ten years, before my current post. I have picked up an enormous amount about workplace chaplaincy from colleagues and recognise the importance of enabling mutual learning to carry on in the future.
CIGB has an ecumenical team and management committee with a wide variety of theological positions, which is one of its strengths. As well as our volunteer chaplains, we have part-paid Methodist and URC ministers amongst the team, and a small number of other faith chaplains/advisors. The senior leadership of Birmingham Anglican Diocese are very supportive of CIGB – financially and in terms of oversight/interest, and the Bishop of Birmingham has a lead role for the Church of England on economic affairs.
I have no difficulty in describing the work of the IMA as Mission. I have heard Missiologists say that it is vital that we find the words to share with the church what we have learnt about where God is at work in the world today. I have been an ordained Anglican priest for 20 years, working in urban areas of Leeds and the Black Country, and have tried to take church community ministry in an outward direction. I do not currently have a church responsibility, so am able to use my Sundays to visit churches and lead worship in Birmingham and Solihull.
Olwen Smith’s statement of nomination and support for Peter Sellick’s election as IMA Moderator.
I would like to nominate Peter Sellick for the role of Moderator-elect and then Moderator. Paul Simmonds (Team Leader of Workcare – Coventry and Warwickshire)has agreed to support the nomination.
I have known Peter for 15 years and for 8 of those he was my most reliable and able colleague in BCUIM. I have kept in touch with him regularly since I retired and I am now enjoying working with him on the NEC, to which he already makes a significant contribution, not least in the capacity as Communications co-ordinator. Peter now leads a large and growing team (CIGB) in Birmingham. He understand well the way in which IM is developing, not least because he is doing development work in his own team. He has academic rigour as well as practical application for everything he puts his mind to. He is hard working, conscientious and finishes tasks to a high standard. He is also great fun to be with, having a wonderful sense of humour!
Peter has a passion for mission and IM in particular. He is not afraid to stand up for truth and justice and if necessary speak truth to power. He would work hard in the role of Moderator and lead IMA ably into its next phase. I believe he is the right person for this job at this time.