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Resources e-letter 15:1 - February 2015

Another new set of Training Notes have been uploaded to the site. There is news of Training Notes TN85, Preparing a Lone Worker Policy. This is followed by details of forthcoming events for Church Administrators and a summary of resources on the website on selecting, managing and applying for staff posts.

A new set of Training Notes was uploaded to my website yesterday.

NEW: ‘Preparing a Lone Worker Policy’

All churches have staff or volunteers who will from time to time work alone.  Examples include cleaners, receptionists, pastoral visitors, an Administrator, Youth Minister, Treasurer taking money to the bank, and anyone including Minister working from home.

As part of a Health and Safety at Work Policy there should be a Lone Worker Policy to indicate that the employer has recognised the specific risks of working solo and sought to minimise them.

These notes are designed to alert churches to the issue and offer guidance for what such a policy might include. In particular, the notes list the relevant responsibilities in a church setting for both the employer and the staff/volunteers with examples.

Training Notes TN85, Preparing a Lone Worker Policy, are now available online. If your church cares for its workers, paid and not, you will want to take note of this.

Area Training Days for Church Administrators

Booking is open on the UCAN events page of the website for the UK Church Administrator Network’s next four Area Training Days on customer care. These are being held at:

  • Stirling on Tuesday 3rd March
  • Central London on Wednesday 22nd April
  • Manchester (Sale) on Tuesday 28th April
  • Bristol on Tuesday 12th May.

If you are in these areas and have an Administrator on your staff, do encourage them to book.

There is also just time to get a late booking in for the Cutting Edge residential conference covering Changing Church and Dynamic Data at King’s Park, Northampton from 16th to 18th March with Rebecca Stewart, Pete Worthington, Jon Winter, Sara Batts and Nick and Lois Cuthbert. See the same webpage as above.

Selecting, managing and applying for staff posts

Here are some of the resources on the website from the perspective of both employer and employee. For A see the Articles page. For TN see the Training Notes page.

A17     Staff selection step-by-step – From advertisement to interview

A22     Job applications in Christian ministry – Part A: Preparation

A23     Job applications in Christian ministry – Part B: Presentation

A32     Be creative as a line manager – How to develop paid staff

TN17   Suggested questions for an annual review

TN20   Line management in a church staff team

TN65   Sharp interview questions

TN76   How to prepare a job reference

Thank you for your interest in the website and with my warmest good wishes for all your work with or as staff and volunteers.