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Resources e-letter 22:3 - June 2022

We have now reached the 200 different resources mark! The site holds 52 Articles, 140 Training Notes and 9 Health-check items. This issue gives details of the latest two Training Notes. TN139 on mobilising church workers into teams, and TN140 on what to include in a business plan for a new mission agency or church venture.
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NEW: Church workers in teams

Many churches are struggling to recruit volunteers in a post-Covid world. But this may well be because they are going the wrong way about it: asking for people to come on to rotas.

These notes present a better way: setting up teams each with a Team Leader who personally invites suitable people to join their team. The emphasis is on working together to achieve an outcome, rather than having to be on duty at various times.

The notes present a number of FAQs as to how such a system works and then list the kind of teams that might be set up, including, for Sunday services:

  • Music Team
  • Preachers Team
  • Intercessions Team
  • Tech/Infrastructure Team.

And for other ministries the list includes:

  • Small Group Leaders Team
  • Pastoral Visitors Team
  • Children’s Groups Team
  • Finance Team.

Training Notes TN139, Church workers in teams, are now available without charge from the Training Notes index page of this website.

NEW: A checklist for a business plan

These notes are written for churches setting up a business activity (such as running a playgroup or letting out rooms) or anyone setting up a mission agency which requires financial support.

It offers a list of 26 items, set out in five categories, for what might be included in a business or strategic plan. The categories are

  • The basics
  • Services
  • Support
  • Finance
  • Marketing

The points in the Marketing section, to give one example, are:

  • Your website
  • Marketing budget
  • Outsourcing
  • Legal issues
  • Names who support you.

Training Notes TN140, A checklist for a business plan, are now available without charge from the Training Notes index page of this website.

Breaking the 200 barrier!

These two new sets of Training Notes bring the total number of resources on the site to over 200. Each one is kept up-to-date with a regular review and edit – one of the advantages of web publishing.

The aim with each is to offer a creative approach to an issue of church or mission agency operations.  New topics are chosen to ensure a reasonable balance between the six categories of:

  • Leadership
  • Management
  • Structures
  • Planning
  • Communication
  • Administration.

I would appreciate your help to make them known to a wider readership. If you can recommend them to your church leadership and staff, to your diocese or denominational equivalent, or to friends and colleagues, that would be so helpful. People can join this mailing list by emailing me or completing the form at https://www.john-truscott.co.uk/Contact/Contact-John.

Thank you!