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Earlier news items

John's archive of older news items. Click/tap on any red heading to see the full item.

Screen technology under investigation

1st June 2014

A new set of Training Notes has been uploaded to the website.  Print or screen? (TN82) acknowledges the move in many churches to screen technology but then lists ten 'screen snags' to show that this is not all advantage.

New developments in the Resources section

2nd May 2014

Work is currently underway to improve the Resources section of this website. There are now 118 items for free downloading or printing and three changes will be effected at the end of June.

Advice on church salaries published today

10th April 2014

Church salary scales is the title of a new set of Training Notes uploaded to the Resources section of the website today. It gives ten sets of questions Trustees and Staff Pay Groups should ask when seeking to design a fair set of salaries for any church or mission with a staff team.

Mission-shaped church councils top training event

27th March 2014

An analysis of training events run over the past year shows 'Mission-shaped PCCs' (or the equivalent in non-Anglican denominations) to be the most popular choice for the first time.  It has been run for individual churches, deaneries and dioceses.

Tweets cause debate

6th March 2014

There are two Twitter feeds arising from this website and some recent tweets have resulted in lively debates in the twittersphere.

Line management explained

7th February 2014

"In my investigations of church staffing and operations over the past few years," explains John Truscott, "one theme has emerged with worrying regularity: the poor quality of staff management."

This Article, published online today, seeks to correct that by explaining seven areas that a good and creative staff line manager should pay attention to. 

Distance learning course for Church Administrators launched

3rd February 2014

The joint St John's College Nottingham / UK Church Administrator Network distance learning module for Church Administrators is launched today. The module consists of ten units and provides 20 credits for the St John's Certificate in Christian Studies.

New website on the way

22nd January 2014

My web partners at EAB have designed a new website which will be fully responsive and therefore useable on tablets and smartphones. The designs are now complete and the work of engineering the site is moving ahead. 

Article on letting rooms updated

8th January 2014

Article A28 in the Resources section has had additional material added to it today. A number of people had raised issues not covered in the original version uploaded two years ago.

Role template for church leaders published

6th December 2013

Uploaded to this site today is a new set of Training Notes providing a role definition for a church leader, but with an intriguing twist.

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