Chaplaincy Team Lead and Chaplain / Chaplaincy Worker

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We are currently seeking to fill two broad-ranging and challenging roles, both offering an exciting opportunity to be part of the Mission to Seafarer’s important work in the port of Rotterdam.

The Chaplaincy Team Leader will be responsible for developing and implementing a strategy for the provision of the Mission’s services in Rotterdam.

The Chaplain / Chaplaincy Worker will partner with the Chaplaincy Team Leader to ensure the effective execution of the strategy.

Chaplaincy Team Leader: develop and implement a strategy for the effective provision of our services across the port of Rotterdam.

This will include

  • an impactful ship visiting programme;
  • provision of pastoral and advocacy support;
  • leading the development of the Mission’s seafarer centres in Rotterdam; and
  • providing leadership to both Mission staff and volunteers.

The Team Leader will also identify opportunities to collaborate with partner organisations at the port and in the wider community, and will represent the Mission in the area.

Chaplain or Chaplaincy Worker: partner with the Chaplaincy Team Leader to deliver the strategy for our services across the port in Rotterdam.

This will include:

  • ship visiting;
  • providing chaplaincy and pastoral support;
  • involvement in the resolution of seafarers’ justice and welfare issues;
  • supervising volunteers; and
  • partnering with other port chaplains, welfare workers and seafarer centres locally to ensure ministry continuity.

The Mission to Seafarers is an Anglican Mission but these posts are open to Christians of all denominations who possess a strong Christian faith, who have empathy with the Mission's Anglican roots and are willing to work closely with Anglican churches.

Candidates for both roles should:

  • be highly motivated self-starters;
  • be able to work under their own initiative and autonomously;
  • be collaborative and inclusive;
  • be able to work as part of an ecumenical team;
  • have excellent communication skills;
  • be culturally aware and respectful of others, with the ability to relate easily to people from many different countries and backgrounds;
  • be flexible and adaptable in approach;
  • demonstrate the ability to remain calm and measured in challenging and/or emergency situations;
  • take full ownership for their work, proactively seeking to learn, develop and improve; and
  • be caring, thoughtful and supportive towards others.

Applicants for the for the Chaplaincy Team Lead role should additionally

  • demonstrate strong leadership skills and experience in implementing strategic change;
  • be an innovative thinker, open to exploring alternative means of doing things to create positive impact; and
  • be able to evidence constructively challenging the status quo.

Interested candidates should download the relevant application pack and email their submitted applications to

Founded in 1856, the purpose of The Mission to Seafarers is to share God’s love and grace with seafarers by caring for them in the many difficult and challenging circumstances they encounter.

Our ministry is wide ranging and holistic with an emphasis on compassionate, practical action and an absolute commitment to working with those of all faiths and nationalities, always with the deepest sensitivity and respect. We currently have a presence in over 200 ports in 50 countries.

Our charitable aims commit us to the spiritual, physical, and moral support of seafarers and their families worldwide. Our values reflect our core Christian purpose. They explain how we work and embody our ambition and commitment to focus on the way we care for seafarers and their families and those who work for our organisation.