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Welcome!Administrators − UCAN events

UCAN events

UCAN organises events itself and is also 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 six 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, Northampton in 2013 and 2015) with details available by clicking Past events at the foot of this page. We are now booking for Cutting Edge 2016, a day conference in central London on Wednesday 16th March 2016 and planning the next residential in March 2017.

We have also completed the first series of ten AREA TRAINING DAYS for all categories of Church Administrator during 2011 to 2013. We are now well into series 2 with ten events completed between October 2014 and November 2015 and two more booking for November. See below.

We have run two specialist IT TRAINING DAYS in Guildford in 2013 and Leeds in 2014.

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.


Area Training Days series 2: Caring for our customers

We are currently running our second series of Area Training Days around the UK. The theme is customer care in a church office setting.

We have run ten events so far in Ware, Coventry, Nottingham, Woking, Belfast, Stirling, London, Manchester, Bristol and Tonbridge.

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

Leeds - Tuesday 24th November 2015 at South Parade Baptist Church


Southampton - Monday 30th November 2015 at Shirley Baptist Church


We are also looking into running area events in the North-East of England and in Devon/Cornwall, probably in April 2016.


2016 Cutting Edge national conference on managing risk

If you are a senior-manager Administrator, join others holding responsibilities like yours, all facing the same challenges, at our annual conference.

Our 2016 London day conference is on Wednesday 16th March at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church close to Oxford Street. We are tackling the management of risk for operational and administrative leaders.

Daryl Martin, head of Advice for the Voluntary Sector (AFVS), is our specialist speaker providing us with a toolkit to ensure our churches are operating legally and safely. The day will cover everything from data protection to health and safety, from governance issues to how equality legislation affects churches.

Booking is now open to all UCAN members. The brochure is being mailed to all senior-manager members in the first week of November. Ask for a copy if you have not received one or see the online brochure here (this is not an online booking form - book by sending an email as instructed):

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

Calendar listing for events now booking

UCAN – promoting excellence in church administration


An amazing conference ... Cost was fantastic value for the benefit I received ... So inspiring to have such an honest and open speaker talking on it being OK to fail ... Inspired and challenging in equal measure ... This was my fourth conference in four weeks and the best by a mile ... This event will once again change how I do things.

Cutting Edge delegates - March 2015 residential with Rebecca Stewart, Nick Cuthbert and other speakers  



The style of teaching was exciting and informative ... Good mix of input from the front, group time and questions – very well structured ... Lots to take in put across in an easily digestible way ... The afternoon discussion was excellent with everyone making valuable contributions and insights ... Very affordable price for a day’s training ...  I will look at my role as administrator in a different light! ... It was brilliant!

Area Training Day delegates on assessment forms for London and Manchester events - April 2015