Welcome!Resources − Structures


The following index lists all the resources (Articles, Training Notes and Health-checks) that have a structures theme. Most of these will be headed in this way, but some may have another heading with a cross-reference to Structures in the box at the end.

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Structures and staffing

Ref Title
A3 Salary differentials for Christian staff
A case of worldly thinking?
A6 Job descriptions
Advice and examples for staff and volunteers
A8 Worker agreements
Appropriate paperwork for church use
A17 Staff selection step-by-step
From advertisement to interview
A48 Organising your small groups
Choices to be made
A50 The patronage process as drama
A guide for Patrons and PCCs
A56 Organising pastoral care
... in an all-member culture
TN5 Responsibilities of mission agency boards
TN20 Line management in a church staff team
TN35 Causes of friction in mission agencies
TN37 To pay or not to pay?
TN40 Appointing an Administrator
TN58 Beware committees
TN65 Sharp interview questions
TN66 A daily office for church staff
TN76 How to prepare a job reference
TN80 Staff salary scales
TN92 How genuine are your GORs?
TN111 A church policies checklist
TN130 Appoint a 'Staff Action Group'
TN147 The role of the PCC


Ref Title
A5 How to chair meetings
An orchestral approach
A20 Annual meetings can be different
Ideas to experiment with
A24 Mission-shaped Church Councils
Three ways forward
A40 Going deeper into meetings
1: Planning issues
A41 Going deeper into meetings
2: People issues
TN8 Major decisions: a new approach
TN13 A purpose statement for those who chair
TN45 Are you sure it's minutes you need?
TN61 Mapping out a meeting
TN71 Seatings for meetings
TN88 Advice to a new committee member
TN97 How to minute a meeting
TN118 Why, exactly, are we meeting?
TN125 How to take major decisions
TN128 Effective staff meetings
TN141 A church council 'Code of Conduct'
TN150 Prayer at church business meetings

Leadership structures

Ref Title
A26 The office of Lay Minister
Three proposals for change
A38 Appointing an Operations Manager
Or reviewing an existing post
TN6 The Minister's role in larger churches
TN18 A leadership team checklist
TN50 Should the staff lead the church?
TN51 A fresh approach to rural ministry
TN78 The role of a church leader
TN104 A grid structure for churches
TN110 It's confidential: but it still leaks out
TN136 Restructure your committees

All the above

Ref Title
HC4 Church Health Review
Part 1: Explanation
HC5 Church Health Review
Part 2: Questions and tests
HC6 Christian Effectiveness Model
Part 1: Explanation
HC7 Christian Effectiveness Model
Part 2: Questions and tests


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