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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. See below.

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 (13 venues in series 2). The latest events were in Tonbridge, Leeds and Southampton, all in November 2015. We are now booking for an extra event in Plymouth on 28th April - 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.

Plymouth Area Training Day

This day on 28th April 2016 is designed for UCAN members in Devon and Cornwall but is open to all. Developing our role includes training input on the work of a Church Administrator and an opportunity to network and learn from each other. Full details and booking form on the pdf link here.


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 was 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

Cutting Edge 2016

11:00, 16 March 2016

Plymouth Area Training Day

10:00, 28 April 2016

A day for Church Administrators in Devon and Cornwall for training input on roles and opportunities to network and learn from each other.

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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