A church leader from Halifax is making a temporary career change because he wants to have an experience of the real world.
The Vicar of Halifax, Rev Canon Hilary Barber, is stepping out of the pulpit to taste life in the public sector so that he can be better equipped to serve his congregation and the local community.
Rev Barber has arranged some work experience with some public sector organisations.
He had already started shadowing the Halifax MP Holly Lynch, by assisting her as she goes about her duties, spending some time at her constituency office at the Elsie Whitely Centre, Halifax.
He is also scheduled to work with the Calderdale Royal Hospital A&E consultant Andy Lockey, and afterwards, he will work alongside firefighters at Halifax Fire Station.
According to his church’s website – the Halifax Minster “belongs to the whole community, to the Christian community, to those of the other faith communities, and to those who have no faith.”
Mr Barber said: “The idea came about after I shadowed local police earlier this year. Watching them at work was so insightful and it made me realise that it would be beneficial to shadow other public sector workers.”
“If the church today is going to relate to the ‘real’ world of work then it is something I believe is crucial.”
He continued: “The church needs to be able to reflect what goes on in society and be able to understand it clearly. As a leader in the community, I believe it’s important for me to step into the shoes of public sector workers – albeit for just a brief time – in order for the church to continue carrying out its quality role and playing its part in society.”