UCAN application to join
UCAN is for those who work in a specifically administrative capacity as a member of a local church’s employed staff. The network is not designed for people such as Hon Treasurer, Church Secretary (in, for example, a Baptist Church), Church Warden (in a Church of England church), Trustee, nor for clergy.
There may however be a few cases where a church staff post is not paid, so a 'voluntary' category is included.
If your church employs two or more people in administrative work (eg. a Church Administrator, an Office Assistant and a Minister’s PA), do encourage all to join. Membership is for individuals - so both members of a job-share need to join.
Note that UCAN is designed for Christian (and so trinitarian) churches based in the UK.
This is how to join UCAN
Follow these simple steps to join UCAN. This process has been chosen to safeguard the personal data stored on the site so it is as safe as can be for you. There are two stages and you are advised to print this page first so you can see what follows.
1: First register as a site user
Register (or log in if you are already registered). This will also give you access to the general web forum and comment facilities for all the resources on this site as an added bonus. When you register as a site user you immediately receive an email with a link you need to click to activate the registration. Once you respond to the email (don't neglect this!) follow the link you will see to ...
2: Complete the UCAN application form
You are taken back to this page but now a red 'UCAN application form' button is visible. Click this and complete and send the form. I process it and welcome you into membership. I try to do this within 24 hours but if I am away it may be a couple of days or so. You can now access the extra UCAN members' pages on this site and edit your own database entry.
Note that by completing the online form you agree to your details being held by me and online so that they are available to other members. I will never pass this information to any third party without express permission and ask members not to do this either.
You are then taken by link back to this page once again so you may ...
3: Consider a voluntary donation to enable me to cover costs
You can send a donation by cheque/cash or by Paypal. See the note below.
And that's it! Even if you are not used to online applications you should find it all very straightforward - you just follow the instructions given throughout the process. If you have any problems email or phone me and I will help you.
I am at this stage making no charge for my time in organising the network (I aim for a modest contribution for priced events), but I suggest a voluntary donation of about £10 per church (however many staff join) towards the costs of promotion, office expenses and setting up and maintaining this part of the website. Churches that include a 'senior manager' category Church Administrator might consider something more like £25. You can post me a cheque (payable to John Truscott), email me for my bank details for a BACS transfer, or pay via PayPal:
At present I am asking for something like this about every three years but I run the network without the need for formal annual subscriptions. I account to the members annually for all income I receive.
Note that if someone from your church is already a UCAN member, their contribution covers any others who join at any time - there is no need to pay for each person.