Resources e-letter 17:5 - October 2017
The latest issue of Resources e-letter focuses on Church Administrators with news of the latest Article to be uploaded to the website, What do Church Administrators do?, and details of other items in the Resources section about such appointments.
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NEW: ‘What do Church Administrators do?’
There can be no one model Church Administrator post because those appointed with this job title fulfil a remarkable variety of roles.
This Article seeks to help any church contemplating such an appointment, or reviewing an existing post, by examining and listing what these roles can be and how to express them helpfully in a well-designed job description and person profile.
The Article covers in its four parts:
- An explanation of what factors shape such posts and make them different from each other.
- A demonstration of what makes a good job description, illustrated with examples for possible Church Administrator posts.
- A detailed listing of a wide range of possible responsibilities, divided into six categories:
- office manager
- Minister support
- communications hub
- rooms hire and events
- initial contact
- volunteer mobilisation.
- Advice on Administrator person profiles and other appropriate paperwork.
What do Church Administrators do? – defining roles is now available at A42 on the Articles page of the website. Valuable reading and reference for both church leaders and their Administrators.
Other resources relating to Administrator appointments
Here is a listing of some of the other items in the Resources section of my website which supplement the above Article in various ways.
A6 Job descriptions – advice and examples for staff and volunteers
A8 Worker agreements – appropriate paperwork for churches
A15 Christian administration? – a theological introduction
A17 Staff selection step-by-step – advertisement to interview
A27 Reliability in ministry – for administrators and leaders
A28 Rooms to let – hiring out your church premises
A33,34 Roles for a church office – six perspectives
A38 Appointing an Operations Manager – or reviewing a post
TN4 Advice for all church administrators
TN21 Ideas for a sermon on administration
TN31 Affirming volunteers
TN40 Appointing an Administrator
TN60 Administrator types
TN68 Administrators who miss the point
TN72,73 Church administration explained
TN77 Administrator wisdom
TN85 Preparing a Lone Worker Policy~
TN86 Customer care for churches?
TN92 How genuine are your GORs?
TN102 People who visit the church office
The UCAN handover
Later this month I hand over the running of the UK Church Administrator Network (UCAN) to a new team of six Directors with Isabel Willerton as their Administrator & Network Co-ordinator. I can then refocus on my consultancy, training and writing roles.
The Administrators section of my website will be slimmed down as UCAN will have its own website in future. My site will point Church Administrators to the new organisation.
But there will be no change to the other sections of my site – in particular, my Articles and Training Notes will continue as now and I shall still be adding new material every other month. You will continue to receive Resources e-letter from me.
Please support the new UCAN in any appropriate way, especially if you have an Administrator on your church staff. I am expecting it to grow significantly and develop in all kinds of ways under its exciting, new leadership.
Thank you for your interest in the Resources section of my website and with my warmest good wishes.