As an organisation built on Christian faith, we aim to care for every aspect of people’s needs, including their spiritual and emotional health. Our Chaplains play a vital role in providing emotional and spiritual care to our Wesley Mission community, including staff, clients, volunteers and friends.
Across our organisation we provide pastoral care to people from all walks of life—those who are homeless, people with disabilities, older people, broken families and those struggling with mental illness. Wherever there is a need, our Chaplains journey with people, offering emotional support during times of pain, struggle or grief as well as celebration in times of joy. Our Chaplains can be found providing spiritual and emotional support to people in their homes, supported accommodation, mental health hospitals, retirement villages, foster care facilities and in the workplace. Our Chaplains also conduct worship and funeral services, as well Bible studies and devotions.
Rev David Van Akker is a natural listener and uses this gift as one of our Chaplains to help dementia patients at our aged care facility in Sydney’s north-west, Wesley Rayward Carlingford. Read David’s full story.
New Chaplaincy approach
We are developing a new field-based approach to chaplaincy to come alongside our community services. This approach incorporates a significant volunteer chaplaincy component. Our professional Chaplains will continue to provide direct spiritual care to staff and clients, but will also build, equip and nurture communities of volunteer Chaplains who will take part in this vital ministry.