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New resources uploaded today

30th September 2019

There's a new article and a new set of training notes on the website from today. The article (A46) looks at church management by considering the manager as a steward, care-taker and deacon. The training notes (TN118) urge churches to define the purposes of any business meeting.
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Croydon Episcopal Area Lay Conference handout

14th September 2019

Here are the notes in pdf for today's workshops at the Croydon Episcopal Area lay conference at Redhill. Those who came to the session are welcome to print or file them.

Training workshop pdfs to be published

9th September 2019

Starting this autumn, several of the training workshops I run will have their handbook uploaded to this website so that those who come to the event can access it on the day.
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Questions you need to ask before you build

7th August 2019

The second new set of Training Notes for August is available at TN117, 'Building project preparations'. There are 12 key questions to ask before you embark on any building project, plus six more technical questions on architects and six on permissions.
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How churches can give to global mission

31st July 2019

The latest set of Training Notes uploaded to the website this morning covers means that churches can use to support global mission work. Whatever your church does at present it is wise to be aware of the range of possibilities so you can try new ideas.
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St Albans IME2 handbook available

13th July 2019

Those who came to today's training event for IME2 in St Albans Diocese can access a pdf of the printed notes on this page (click red heading for the link). The notes represent a cut-down version of one type of full day training on self- and desk-management.
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Booking for the autumn is open

2nd July 2019

My July diary is just about full but I am now booking consultancy and other assignments for September onwards. July is a good time to be considering the possibility of my working with you in some way, rather than leaving it until the autumn when I may not have dates available. This also applies, in particular, to Saturday training events.
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Team leaders offered practical help

1st June 2019

The latest Article to be uploaded to the website provides step-by-step help to anyone in church who leads a team of any kind. It can be found within the Articles index page in the Resources section of this site at Article A45.
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How to assess gifts of administration

2nd April 2019

A detailed new assessment tool has just been uploaded to the Health-checks section of the website. A Gift Assessment for Administrators enables anyone to check whether they may have gifts of administration and, if so, what type they may be.
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New web leaflet launched

20th February 2019

A new style of leaflet listing all the printed resources available on this website is now available. A pdf can be downloaded from the Resources page.
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creative organisation for effective christian ministry

New items are added to the Resources section of the site every other month.
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You have been invaluable to me throughout my first incumbency. You seemed to have something to say to each problem I encountered in the parish! 
A vicar now in chaplaincy in a Twitter DM - November 2019