Lead Chaplain

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Bluewater, Greenhithe, Kent
£31.000 - £ 33.500

The Chaplaincy Service at Bluewater serves one of the largest retail complexes in the UK, providing support to the retail and facilities staff in the context of their daily life and work.

The chaplaincy team consists of a full-time Lead Chaplain and a large team of volunteer chaplains.

You don't need to be ordained to apply for this role.

Kent Workplace Mission is looking to replace the present Lead Chaplain whom we congratulate on her new post with The Methodist Church.

As Lead Chaplain you must be a committed Christian, lay or ordained, with a sound understanding of the nature, purpose and vision of chaplaincy and with a proven ministry in pastoral care.

Bluewater is an all-age, multi-ethnic, multi-faith community where diversity is valued and all are welcomed. The ability to communicate the Christian message in this context calls for grace and sensitivity.

  • Day to day chaplaincy throughout the Centre but with particular responsibility for the Bluewater Management and the Facility Management Teams
  • Mobilize and coordinate pastoral care for Centre Staff and Guests in the event of major incident.
  • Volunteer management and recruitment of the Chaplaincy team
  • Leading on the delivery of the Centre’s Mental Health First Aid and staff welfare programmes
  • Organizing and chairing the Chaplaincy Steering Board meetings
  • Training and development of the Bluewater and other KWM chaplains, with the support of the Kent Workplace Mission Team Support Coordinator
  • Attending Kent Workplace Mission Operations Group and Trustee Council meetings
  • Member of the Bluewater Community Forum Steering Board and Community Forum meetings
  • Serving as an executive member of Churches Together in Ebbsfleet
  • Engaging with local community interest groups
  • Engaging with the North Kent Council for Interfaith Relations
  • Engaging with local Faith groups
  • Responsibility for the organizing of Memorial services and maintenance of the Centre’s memorials
  • Analysis and reporting of issues and problems that may arise out of the day-to-day chaplaincy work to the Steering Board and the various KWM meetings


  • A sound understanding of the nature, purpose and vision of chaplaincy.
  • Evidence of spiritual maturity as a Christian believer, including having a well-developed personal devotional life
  • Membership of a recognized Christian denomination and a record of accountability to the leadership of that denomination
  • A sense of professionalism commensurate with working in a commercial, corporate environment
  • The ability to communicate the Christian message with grace and sensitivity.


  • Capacity to plan and deliver effective training
  • A knowledge of Scripture.
  • A good understanding of other faith traditions and Interfaith work.
  • The ability to speak and write effectively on matters concerning the Chaplaincy.
  • Capacity to seek opportunities to promote Chaplaincy.

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Kent Workplace Mission is a registered charity and an LEP Mission Partner of Churches Together in Kent. We work ecumenically and are committed to living out Christian discipleship in the workplaces of Kent, Medway, Bromley and Bexley (the old county of Kent).