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Resources e-letter 18:5 - October 2018

Article A44. Getting things done - project management for churches, has just been uploaded. There is also a new page on the website, Topics index, which lists a range of key words with links to all relevant items in the Resources section.
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NEW: ‘Making things happen’

This new article might well be described as ‘A beginner’s guide to project management’. It is written for anyone who is asked to organise a church event, launch a programme or system, or run any other significant change in church life. It assumes no background knowledge of professional project management, and describes the stages to pass through clearly and simply if you want to ensure your ‘thing’ ‘happens’ successfully.

After an introductory section giving examples of such projects in church life and breaking them down into a small number of ‘elements’, the process suggested is:

  • Lines – the guidelines you need to set first of all concerning purpose vision, shape, values and control. This is about asking the questions ‘Why?’ and ’Where to?’
  • Lists – the need to define the elements, choose how each one is to be actioned, and then create long lists of tasks for each one with someone responsible for each task. This is asking the questions ‘What?’, ‘How?’ and ‘Who?’.
  • Links – showing a timescale of how these tasks need to link up with each other by a timeline, flowchart, Gantt Chart and milestones. This is asking the question ‘When?’.
  • Launch – getting it right on the day.
  • Learn – the vital review process.

Article A44, Making things happen, is now available without charge on the Articles page of the website. It offers down-to-earth, practical help to organisers of any event or system.

New Topics index page launched

There is now a new index page in the Resources section of the website.

At the moment people find items by looking at the long lists of Articles, Training Notes and Health-checks. There are also general index pages to help you find material under six headings: Leadership, Management, Structures, Planning, Communication and Administration and an alphabetical index.

Now there is an extra index which gives a range of topics. listing all the items on the website that are related to each topic. Each item is web-linked so you can go straight to it.

Here is an example: topics staring with the letter D – the web-links have been deactivated here to avoid this email being classed as spam.

Day off TN106
Decision making TN8  See also Meetings
Delegation TN15, TN101
Design See Branding and design
Desk management A1, A36, A37, TN53, TN57  See also Self-management
Diary TN23  See also Self-management
Discipleship TN25, TN91
Distractions TN62

The hope is that this will help you find relevant resources when you know a general topic you are searching for.  Try out the new index page now by clicking here.  Find it on the website in the list of pages in the Resources section.


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