UCAN stands for the UK Church Administrators Network, set up in 2009 as part of my work and now a separate organisation. See their website here.
For all employed in their church’s administration
UCAN is designed for anyone employed by a church in an administrative capacity, part-time or full time, at any level. The network includes Directors of Operation, Church Business Managers, Church Office Administrators, Parish Secretaries, Ministers’ PAs, Administrative Assistants, etc.
Membership is drawn from Anglicans, Baptists, Methodists, Pentecostals, Presbyterians, FIEC, Newfrontiers, Vineyard, independent churches and other denominations and groupings.
Just over 200 of the members hold 'senior manager' positions in their churches (such as Director of Operations). UCAN covers the majority of the largest Anglican and Baptist churches in the country and an increasing number of Independent, New and other churches.
But most of the 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.
UCAN was run by me from its launch in 2009 until 2017. It is now its own organisation run by six Directors:
Andy Bagwell, from St Saviour's, Guildford
Joyce Gledhill from Gold Hill Baptist Church
Kevin Lawrence of Kevin Lawrence Consulting
Julian Mander from Riverside Church, Birmingham
Jules Morgan of New Wine
Colin Rye formerly of Development Associates International
Isabel Willerton is employed as the UCAN Administrator & Network Co-ordinator and she handles all the day-to-day organisation of the network. You can email her over any UCAN issues.
I still have some involvement in the Area Training Day programme and have trained for UCAN at the April-June 2018 days at Belfast, Manchester, Bristol and Leeds.
If you work as a Church Administrator, Office Assistant or Operations Manager in any form, I recommend you join UCAN at once! It's a brilliant organisation. Here is their new website.