Chaplaincy and the Methodist Church
The Methodist Church has a long history of chaplaincy work going back to the time of the Wesleys and you will find Methodist Chaplains in some quite surprising places. Chaplaincy schemes may be supported and run by the local Church, the Circuit, the District or the Connexion, but there is always some sense in which the chaplain is « sent » by the Church. Chaplains always work with the support of the Church – they are never alone.
What kind of people are chaplains?
There are many different kinds of Methodist chaplains. Most are volunteers – ordained ministers working full time as chaplains are very much in the minority. A Chaplain could be a visitor at the hospital, part of a team who talk to the staff in the shopping centre or someone who meets with students and staff at the local College.