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UCAN events

UCAN organises a few events itself but is keen to support its members and others who wish to run local, regional or national days for Church Administrators. This page gives access to both forthcoming UCAN events and previous ones too.

To date we have run five CUTTING EDGE conferences for 'senior-manager' Church Administrators (day events in 2010, 2012 and 2014 and residentials at High Leigh in 2011 and King's Park in 2013) with details available by clicking Past events at the foot of this page. See below for the next event in March 2015.

We have also completed the first series of ten AREA TRAINING DAYS for all categories of Church Administrator at St Albans, Belfast, Birmingham, Guildford, Leeds, Sevenoaks, Manchester, Bath, Central London and Southampton in the period September 2011 to May 2013. Click Past events at the foot of this page to access details. Booking is now open for the first five of 13 planned events for series 2.  See below.

UCAN members can access a range of materials from all these events on the UCAN resources page. The main Cutting Edge recordings are available in the public domain on the UCAN recordings page.


Specialist IT training for Church Administrators

Leeds - Wednesday 24th September 2014 at St George's Church

We ran the first of these events in September 2013 at Guildford.  St George's Church, Leeds have now organised a second day in association with UCAN with hands-on training in MS Word, Excel, Publisher, Powerpoint and in Indesign.  This is designed specifically for Church Administrators and others who use such software in church applications.  The team of trainers is led by Dave Sankey from St George's and Gavin White from King's Church, Manchester.

Full details and booking form from the the St George's website for this event.


Area Training Days series 2: Caring for our customers

We are delighted to announce the second series of Area Training Days around the UK starting autumn 2014. The theme is customer care in a church office setting.

Booking is now open for the following events.  See the relevant pdf in each case for information about content and venue and a booking form.


Ware (Herts) - Wednesday 1st October 2014 at Christ Church, Ware


Coventry - Tuesday 7th October at Queens Road Baptist Church


Woking - Tuesday 14th October at ChristChurch, Woking


Nottingham - Thursday 16th October at Beeston Free Church


Belfast - Wednesday 19th November at Orangefield Presbyterian Church


In 2015 we expect to run Area Training Days on the same theme in Stirling, Bristol, Tonbridge and central London plus (likely venues) Manchester, Leeds, Tyneside and Southampton.


The 2015 Cutting Edge national residential conference

If you are a senior manager Administrator, join others holding responsibilities like yours, all facing the same challenges, all seeking to help their church to 'level up'.  We tackle twin themes:

Changing church - Dynamic data

with Rebecca Stewart, Pete Worthington, Jon Winter, Sara Batts and Nick and Lois Cuthbert as our Chaplains

Monday 16th to Wednesday 18th March 2015
King's Park Conference Centre, Northampton

Full details and booking form available now, with an Early Bird discount if paying the whole fee by 30th November 2014:

And if you need convincing of the value of a Cutting Edge conference, watch the video:

Calendar listing for events now booking

UCAN – UK Church Administrator Network


Sublime - awesome - did the impossible in surpassing the previous residential .... The quality of sessions was so high .... Really great how throughout we have had biblical application and principles interwoven .... Excellent conference - I feel better equipped and empowered to continue with my role .... Superb input, a good venue and lots of valuable networking .... Fired me up to strive harder for excellence rather than accepting things will never be like that.

Cutting Edge delegates - March 2013 residential with Claire Pedrick, Mark Greene and David Bracewell   



Hugely relevant and hugely helpful, especially to include spiritual life in admin role ... Great ideas which included many points I had never considered ... I was able to relate this training to what I do – great value for money ... Am returning to the office armed with lots of ideas ... An eye opener ... Can’t wait to get back and start implementing knowledge gained today ... The most entertaining Q&A session I have ever been at!

Area Training Day delegates at London - April 2013