in working with ICS?
the Good News of Jesus Christ to people who speak English
ICS and the Anglican
chaplaincies it supports often have opportunities for short- or long-term
Whilst seasonal and
permanent chaplaincy opportunities are primarily in mainland Europe and
the Mediterranean, ICS does assist with the recruitment of permanent chaplains
in South America and the Falklands. All appointments as chaplains are
subject to the approval of the relevant Diocesan bishop, and are subject
to the terms of his licence. Chaplains nominated by ICS serve under the
relevant diocesan terms of service and, although they are mission or ministry
partners of ICS, the Society is not their employer.
- be prepared
to minister in a cross-cultural situation to people of many nationalities
and denominational backgrounds, or who may have no prior church involvement;
- have a real
vision for ministry to English-speaking people
agree with ICS's Basis of Faith
From time to time
the opportunities for service may include the following.
for chaplains and assistant chaplains…
to serve in churches where ICS recruits the chaplain for the Diocese
concerned. These are principally in Europe and North Africa. Applicants
must be ordained Anglicans, and suited to the special demands and opportunities
of chaplaincy work (see Qualities needed.)
Vacancies are usually advertised in the Church Times, the Church
of Ireland Gazette and the Church of England Newspaper, and
here. Some of the larger chaplaincies may be able to offer curacies.
workers and lay assistants
Each year several chaplaincies advertise for youth student workers and
lay assistants, usually to work for one year starting each September.
These are an ideal opportunity (especially but not exclusively for new
graduates) to serve God in an unusual church setting. The ICS office
usually knows of any vacancies on offer in the February/March of each
year and can give you contact details for the chaplaincy concerned.
about permanent chaplaincy work are welcomed - please contact ICS on email@example.com
ICS sends ordained Anglican ministers and Readers to European resorts
each year for 2 weeks (France, Italy or Switzerland) or longer (Ibiza).
Applicants must be ordained Anglicans or licensed Readers. These are
unpaid, volunteer roles (ICS makes modest travel grants). Seasonal chaplaincies
involve publicising and holding services for holidaymakers and organising
mid-week events - see qualities needed (below). However the major part
of the work involves relating one-to-one to tourists, holiday reps,
resort workers and local English-speakers who may know nothing of the
Christian message, be ex-church people, or who are enquiring about the
Christian faith: we look for chaplains therefore who are able to pastor
and explain the gospel to such people in a relevant and faithful way.
The role can also involve visiting those injured or ill whilst on holiday,
and in tragic circumstances comforting the bereaved. In some cases a
team can accompany the chaplain - an ideal training opportunity for
people from your parish, or (in some circumstances) for ordinands.
about seasonal chaplaincy work are welcomed - please contact ICS on firstname.lastname@example.org
needed in ICS chaplains
and Qualities should include
to live creatively in a foreign culture
to manage creation and loss of short term relationships
to relate well to people of all ages
for ministry to English-speakers
agreement with ICS's Basis of Faith
to speak/learn local language
to work with church members from many denominations and cultural
backgrounds, demonstrating appropriate sensitivity