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But who organised Billy Graham's crusades?

22nd February 2018

Billy Graham's death yesterday, or 'change of address' as he preferred to call it taking a phrase originally used by DL Moody, has rightly led to large numbers of glowing tributes for such a remarkable man of God. I myself, as a schoolboy, 'went forward' at one of his meetings in 1966 and it changed the whole direction of my life.
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Get people talking about time off work

1st February 2018

A new set of Training Notes, uploaded to this site today, seeks to get Ministers and lay leaders discussing their different perspectives on what it means to 'work' and 'rest'.
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UCAN flourishes under its new team

9th January 2018

The UK Church Administrator Network (UCAN) has been operating under its new team for three months now with greatly enhanced means of communication.
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Creativity advice published

1st December 2017

A new set of Training Notes published today provides practical advice on how churches can get creative when planning ahead or reviewing any area of ministry.
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Excellent GDPR advice available

22nd November 2017

While everyone runs around trying to find out exactly what the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) means for them from next May, the Parish Resources website has some excellent papers from the pen of John Preston. I am only too happy to recommend them.
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The new UCAN launches

17th October 2017

Today I handed over the UK Church Administrator Network (UCAN) to a new team of six Directors and a part-time Administrator & Network Co-ordinator.
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Major article on Church Administrator roles uploaded

3rd October 2017

A new Article, A42, has been uploaded to the Resources section of the website today. What do Church Administrators do? tackles the varied and possible roles for an Administrator appointment and shows how to construct a quality job description and person profile for such a post.
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Appointment of Isabel Willerton as UCAN Administrator & Network Co-ordinator

8th September 2017

The Directors of the UK Church Administrator Network (UCAN) are delighted to announce the appointment of Isabel Willerton as UCAN's new Administrator & Network Co-ordinator. She starts work next week and will take over John's day-to-day responsibility for the network when new systesm are ready to launch, sometime in October.
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How to work with a No. 2

8th August 2017

One of the new sets of Training Notes just uploaded to the site gives advice to church and ministry leaders who work with an Associate or Second-in-command. This can be found at TN101 on the Training Notes page.
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UCAN Administrator & Network Co-ordinator interviews

5th July 2017

Tomorrow is the closing date for applications for the new post of Administrator & Network Co-ordinator for the UK Church Administrator Network. Once this position is filled I can then hand over the day-to-day running of UCAN.
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creative organisation for effective christian ministry

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