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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 seven CUTTING EDGE conferences for 'senior-manager' Church Administrators (day events in 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016) 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. The next residential is in March 2017 - see below for preliminary information.

We have completed two series of AREA TRAINING DAYS for all categories of Church Administrator during 2011 to 2013 (10 venues in series 1) and 2014-2015 (14 venues in series 2). The latest events were in Tonbridge, Leeds and Southampton, all in November 2015 and in Plymouth in April 2016.

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 Day in Hexham

We are running an extra Area Training Day for both Cumbria and the North-East at Hexham on Thursday 17th November 2016. Details and booking from September.  Series 3 Area Training Days will launch in 2017.

2017 Cutting Edge national residential conference

Our 2017 residential conference takes place from Monday 20th To Wednesday 22nd March 2017 at King's Park, Northampton. The theme is Open heart ministry.

We are delighted to announce our main speakers.

Dr Trevor Stammers is Programme Director in Bioethics and Medical Law at St Mary's University, former GP and formerly Chair of the Christian Medical Fellowship.  He is speaking on Serving with a healthy heart (coping with stress, time pressures and demands in a church operational role).

The Revd Jez Barnes and Dr Jules Morgan, Vicar and Director of Operations and Development respectively at St Stephen's Church, Twickenham will lead us in two sessions on Relating with a healthy heart (managing interpersonal relationships, releasing our Minister to focus on priorities).

Pastor John Tindall, formerly Senior Pastor of Chessington Evangelical Church, will be speaking on Growing with a healthy heart (personal discipleship). He and his wife Pauline will be the Chaplains for the conference.

Full details and booking from early September 2016.

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

Calendar listing for events now booking

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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  



Absolutely brilliant as always ... Thoroughly appreciated the opportunity to study the Bible with others ... Very relevant and challenging ... Time and space to think things through – what a blessing. Thank you! ... Plenty of time for comment, offering great illustrations and a good balance of talk and discussion ... Great affirmation of my faith ... Good balance of trainer input and group feedback.

Area Training Day delegates on assessment forms for Tonbridge and Leeds events - November 2015