Work Place Chaplaincy grew out of the traditional heavy industries of Scotland. As the industrial profile of the country changed so “Work Place Chaplaincy Scotland” emerged from the “Scottish Churches Industrial Mission” to take up the new challenges of providing pastoral and spiritual support to business, commerce, local government, retail sectors and agriculture.
Work Place Chaplaincy aims to meet people where they are – in the setting of their daily work and individual lives. The chaplain is available to all from the managing director to the new-start apprentice.
In every situation where a chaplain is invited to serve, they enjoy a degree of independence from the management structure. This allows chaplains to exercise a mediative role, when appropriate, which can be valuable both to individuals and to the organisation concerned.
This independence also allows the chaplain to help resolve problems and disputes in a swift, efficient and confidential manner, acceptable to all involved. This has often been seen to provide an “oiling of the cogs” promoting the smooth running of organisations involved.
The chaplain’s main purpose therefore, is to serve, quite simply, because people matter, irrespective of their status or position.
A chaplain will work patiently and consistently to gain the confidence of those whom they serve. This service will be exercised with sensitivity and integrity always seeking to build a relationship of mutual trust and respect.