UCAN stands for the UK Church Administrator Network, set up in 2009.
For all employed in their church’s administration
The organisation Administry used to hold a register of people employed as their church’s Administrator (in various categories) but this has lapsed.
Many have felt the need to re-introduce something similar so UCAN was launched and now has over 800 members with the number growing steadily.
Over 150 of our members hold 'senior manager' positions in their churches (such as Director of Operations) and we cover the majority of the largest Anglican and Baptist churches in the country and an increasing number of Independent, New and other churches. But many of our members come from small and medium-sized congregations of all denominations where they act as part-time Office Administrator, Parish Secretary or Minister's PA. UCAN is for everyone employed by a church in any administrative capacity.
The aims include to enable Administrators to network with each other, to co-ordinate specialist events, to increase professionalism, to provide an advice service and to help people know they are not alone in this vital but often understated ministry.
But there is also the vision of educating the whole Church in the spiritual value of such appointments and providing a national resource, so that leaders can be set free for their priorities and churches handle their administration effectively and to a high standard.
The plan is to work with those already organising denominational, local and other events for Church Administrators and to give this movement a national profile. See the UCAN benefits page for more detail.
UCAN now has:
- an online database of all its members to promote local initiatives and networking
- a membership of over 800 rising steadily
- 'Cutting Edge' events for 'senior manager' Administrators (two day events and two residential conferences held to date)
- ten Area Training Days completed between September 2011 and May 2013 at St Albans, Belfast, Birmingham, Guildford, Leeds, Sevenoaks, Manchester, Bath, central London and Southampton - series 2 will start in early 2014
- a specialist IT training day booking for September 2013
- professional web forums covering (1) IT, (2) employed staff, (3) church offices, (4) buildings, (5) general
- a bimonthly Update e-letter with news, resources and specialist information
- regular news via Twitter and, now, a Facebook page
- plans for a 2013/14 distance learning course for Church Administrators in association with St John's College, Nottingham
a detailed remuneration survey results available free to all UCAN members.
Membership is free although a small donation is suggested to cover office and other costs. UCAN is run on a day-to-day basis by John Truscott who works under a small Oversight Group of senior Church Administrators:
Mark Rance (Chair) from St Michael-le-Belfrey, York
Peter Brierley of Brierley Consultancy
Joyce Gledhill from Gold Hill Baptist Church
Lindsey Mansfield from Woodland Church, Bristol
Lindsay Robinson from Beeston Free Church, Nottingham.
If you work as a Church Administrator in any form, check out the UCAN categories page and then go to the UCAN application to join page. Become part of a growing movement to help make the Church effective.
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