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Contemporary Chaplaincy

Our new Contemporary Chaplaincy course is designed to equip those serving or looking to serve in a broad range of community or church-based settings.

You might want to become a chaplain in one of the traditional settings, such as the NHS, prisons, schools, or armed forces. Or maybe you’re seeking to build a Christ-centred faith community at your gym, or at a local food bank, or among a specific people group.

In whichever context you’re looking to serve, this course is designed to equip you.

It’s a one year, part-time, online course in Contemporary Chaplaincy course.

On completion of the course, students can apply to become an accredited Waverley Abbey Minister. This is a partnership between Waverley Abbey Ministries and Churches in Communities. The application is a separate discernment process after the course. It will assess the student’s experience and learning to date, which could lead to ordination after a successful post-graduation year in ministry.

Completion of the Waverley Certificate in Contemporary Chaplaincy also will enable students to explore chaplaincy in a number of ministry contexts.

These contexts fall under two main categories: Regulated (NHS, Prisons, Armed Forces)* and non-regulated (schools, retail, sports, private organisations, industrial, community etc).

*Students desiring to serve within the regulated sector will need to meet the specific assessment requirements of the relevant sector they are interested in. This can range from further qualifications (i.e. a diploma in Theology) to age limits (i.e. The Armed Forces).

Entry Requirements

No formal qualifications required. Acceptance onto the course will be assessed through application and interview.

Programme Content

The Waverley Award in Contemporary Chaplaincy contains six modules. The modules fall into three main areas of study and practice:

  • Theology and Theory

  • Contemporary Practice

  • Self-Reflection

Module one provides an introduction to the course. Students will become familiar with the Waverley Integrative Framework, which underpins all of our learning and courses here at Waverley Abbey College. Additionally, this module will consider the various Chaplaincy and local mission contexts that students might find themselves in.

Module two introduces a Theology of Chaplaincy. This bible-based module considers ‘God as Chaplain’ and ‘Incarnation as Divine Strategy’, in addition to looking at biblical and contextual theological aspects for the modern-day Chaplain.

Module three focuses on the Chaplain as ‘Disciple Maker’, assisting students to consider how they might form a community of Christ following disciples within their context.

Module four looks at how the student might develop a ‘seeker sensitive’ culture and environment for faith enquiry. This module includes storying the bible, third places; while also equipping the student to develop their own seeker course content appropriate to their context.

Module five considers ‘The Chaplain and Self-Care’. Burn out and self-neglect are very real dangers in Christian ministry. This module will equip students to develop methods of self-reflection that assess their spiritual health.

Module six runs throughout the course and is a Personal Development Plan (PDP). Students collate a portfolio of work and self-reflection based upon the five principles of the Waverley Integrative Framework.


One year, part-time.

Method of Delivery

Delivery of the course will be through 30 x weekly 2-hour, online cohorts (term-time only).

This will be enhanced through homework and ministry placement, with a recommended, collective weekly commitment of between 8-10 hours.

The five taught modules will each take six weeks, with the sixth (PDP) module running throughout the course.

Students are required to take a placement alongside their online studies

Entry points

Cohorts will start throughout the academic year.


The course will be assessed through allocated homework for each module. In addition, a Personal Development Plan will be produced for end of course assessment. This PDP will include a journal, presentation and a 2,000-word written analysis.

Tuition Dates and Fees

Course fees: £2,000
Download Tuition Dates and Fees – 2022/23

Fees are payable as one payment or as a monthly direct debit available over 10 months.

Additional personal costs

Books: Students will need to purchase a number of books. Students need access to a laptop and the internet throughout the course.

Ordination: Students wishing to be considered for ordination on successful completion of the course, will need to pay the associated fees for this. In addition, an annual subscription will be payable to Waverley Abbey Ministries for continued accreditation/affiliation.


Online distance learning through the Waverley Abbey College Virtual Learning Environment.

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