Volunteer Chaplains, LGBTI+ Chaplaincy Team

We recently set clear expectations of inclusion and respect towards LGBTI+ people, their families and friends. Since then, we have continued to receive many requests for guidance and support from clergy and others offering pastoral and spiritual care.

We are now seeking to recruit volunteers (lay and ordained) for a new LGBTI+ Chaplaincy Team. The team will create a space where any individual can be confident that their lived experience is listened to in strict confidence and with compassion and respect, and that there is appropriate pastoral and spiritual care available.

Chaplains will also support a learning process in the Diocese in the hope and expectation that LGBTI+ people, and those close to them, are no longer left feeling on the margins of our church.

In return, chaplains will receive a high level of supervision and support for this important ministry across the Diocese.

Hours:                  By negotiation

Salary:                  Volunteer post, expenses paid. Training and supervision will also be provided

Location:             Church House Oxford (OX5 1GF) and at other locations within the four archdeaconries

Further information about the roles, including an application form, are available below:

LGBTI+ Chaplaincy Rationale and Context

LGBTI+ Chaplaincy Team volunteer role profile

LGBTI+ Chaplaincy Team person specification

LGBTI+ Chaplaincy Team structure

Application Form

Confidential declaration form

Recruitment monitoring form

Privacy notice

Please submit your completed application, along with a covering letter and completed confidential declaration and recruitment monitoring forms to

Closing date for applications: 9am on Monday 9th December 2019

Interviews: Thursday 19th December 2019

Induction training: 23rd & 24th January 2020

We are committed to the promotion of equal opportunities for all. The Diocese of Oxford is committed to working within the existing Bishops’ Guidelines on human sexuality. All successful candidates will be subject to enhanced DBS checks.

Human Sexuality


The theme for this issue follows a recent letter to clergy from the bishops, which offered reflections on current debates in the area of human sexuality.

Expectations of inclusion and respect

31 Oct 2018 – Four bishops from one of the largest dioceses in the Church of England have written to 1,500 ministers setting out the bishops’ expectations of inclusion and respect for all and announces a new LGBTI+ chaplaincy team.

Silence is both painful and damaging for LGBTI+ people in the midst of continuing debate within the Church about human sexuality, say the bishops. Their letter, sent to all clergy and LLMs in the Diocese of Oxford, sets expectations of inclusion and respect towards all and affirms LGBTI+ people called to roles of leadership and service in the church.

The Oxford letter commends five principles for welcoming and honouring LGBTI+ people and looks at work underway in the Church of England to develop new pastoral guidance and teaching resources relating to human sexuality and same sex marriage.

A new chaplaincy team for LGBTI+ people, their families and loved ones is promised too. The chaplaincy team will also provide LGBTI+ insights and advice to clergy and bishops about being church together.

The Oxford letter concludes with a commitment from the bishops to continue to listen well to LGBTI+ people from a variety of perspectives, ‘including those seeking change in the Church of England’s polity and those seeking to live faithfully within it’.

The full text of the letter can be found on the Diocese of Oxford website at

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Notes to editors:

  • For more information, or to arrange an interview with one of the four bishops, please contact Steven Buckley on 07824 906839
  • The Oxford letter was drafted with input from an advisory group of LGBTI+ Christians