Our Inclusive Christian Ethos
WLM’s Social Work is rooted in its Christian ethos. Since 1887, our work has embodied the distinctive Methodist emphasis of socially engaged and transformational service. This heritage is something we are proud of and we want to celebrate the prayers and practical support that the church continues to support us with.
Many organisations who are working with homeless and vulnerable people have a Christian background. However, rather than seeing this simply as something historical, we believe that it is dynamically relevant to our work today. Across social care there has been for many years a concern that services are ‘holistic’ and there is growing understanding of how spiritual needs are supported. At WLM, we believe there are strong connections between best practice in contemporary social work and our Christian ethos and are committed to an on-going engagement between the two.
We are committed to an inclusive Christian ethos and offer our services to all people regardless of their belief. We cherish the fact that WLM is a mixed community made up of people with a wide range of beliefs. All the staff and volunteers at the West London Mission respect the Christian ethos in which our work and values are rooted.
On a practical level, we continue to develop our chaplaincy service within the mission – to provide spiritual and pastoral support to our services in an appropriate and thoughtful way. We seek to build on our own experiences as well as learning from others about how to integrate more effectively our Christian ethos within the professional services that we run. For staff, of all faiths and none, the Chaplain runs occasional interactive workshops to reflect on themes relating to our values and ethos and how they relate to our frontline work. These are called Thinking Things Through and you can find more details of previous workshops here.
West London Mission is a signatory to the Charter for Christian Homelessness Agencies.
What some of our staff say:
"I was hesitant about working for a Christian organisation. I think I was worried that religion would be a distraction and get in the way of supporting people. But whilst working for WLM I saw that there can be a healthy relationship between religion and service provision. WLM doesn't force Christianity on anyone - its Christian ethos creates a welcoming environment for all and I came to realise there is strength is recognising the importance of faith in recovery and wellbeing." Alan Robertson, former Senior Project Worker, The Haven
“I like working for WLM because it keeps the client in the centre of its work, and has the foundation of the Christian faith as the basis for all it does.” Karen Mwaniki, Senior Project Worker, WLDC