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Topic Resources
Administration See Church Administration
Administrative appointments A38, A42, TN40  See also Church Administrators, Operations Managers    
Administrators (general) TN4  See also Church Administrators and many other items
Advising churches A35, TN64, HC2, HC4, HC5
Agendas See Meetings: agendas  
Annual meetings A20, A24
Answerphones See Voicemail
Applying for a post See Job applications
Appraisal See Review: staff appraisal
Assessments, church A35, HC2, HC4, HC5
Assistants TN101
Awaydays A30
Back to church A31
Bible: administration A15, A27, TN21, TN68, TN72, TN73  and in other topics too    
Bible: leadership A12, A13A24, A27, TN56, TN87, TN106  and in other topics too
Bible: other TN25, TN43, TN79, TN91, TN96, TN107  and in other topics too
Boards See Trustees
Body language TN30, TN49, TN94
Branding and design A2, A29, TN22
Budgets TN108  See also Finance, Treasurer
Building project finance See Capital (finance)
Buildings See Church buildings
Capital (finance) A16, TN19
Car parks A31
Categorisation A35, HC1, HC2, HC5, HC7
Chairing meetings See Meetings: chairing  
Change management A44, TN3, TN12, TN59, TN81
Character (personal) TN25, TN87, TN96
Christian Effectiveness Model HC1, HC6, HC7
Christian stewardship A7
Church administration A15, TN4, TN21, TN72, TN73  and in many other topics
Church Administrators A42, TN40  See also Operations Managers
Church Admin'rs advice TN4, TN60, TN68, TN77, TN86, TN102
Church buildings A28, A31, TN33, TN44
Church Health Review A35, HC1, HC2, HC4, HC5
Church members TN10, TN24, TN91  See also Members joining, Members leaving and other topics
Church office A1, A33, A34, TN46, TN66, TN102
Church/PCC Secretary See Meetings: Secretary  
Church services: liturgy TN1, TN16, TN47, TN82, TN93
Church services: other A18, TN21, TN52, TN83, TN109
Clergy See Leadership ministry, Minister's role/personality, etc.
Closing an activity TN34
Clutter A36, A37, TN57
Coffee after service See Refreshments
Committees TN58, TN88, TN90  See also Meetings
Committee members TN88
Comms: plans A9, A33, A39, TN82, TN99  See also Internal communication, External communication
Comms: speaking skills A19, TN2, TN38, TN39, TN105
Comms: writing skills A29, TN2, TN38, TN75, TN89
Confidentiality TN110
Congregations TN27, TN95, TN104
Consultants TN64
Contracts See Staff: employment  
Co-ordination TN104
Court case TN55
Courtesy TN86, TN96, TN107
Creative thinking TN103  See also many other topics for examples
Criticism TN30
Customer care TN86  See also Courtesy, Hospitality, Visitor welcome
CV A22
Danger TN33
Day off TN106
Deacons See Church administration and in many other topics
Decision making See Meetings: decisions
Delegation TN15, TN101
Design See Branding and design
Desk management A1, A36, A37, TN53, TN57  See also Self-management: overall  
Diary TN23  See also Self-management
Discipleship TN25, TN91
Display software TN52, TN82
Distractions TN62
Elders TN18  But see also Leadership ministry, Leadership teams
Emails A11, TN53
Employment and contract See Staff: employment
Event management A30, A44
Every-member ministry A43, TN24, TN36, TN55  See also Volunteers: strategy    
Exit interviews TN95
External communication A14, A21, A39, TN9, TN39, TN44, TN75, TN89  See also Internal communication
Facebook See Social media  
Filing A1, A37, TN53  See also Desk management
Financial giving A7, A16, A18, TN19, TN29, TN108
Financial policy TN98
'Generosity and sacrifice' A3
Gifts of administration A15, TN21, TN72, TN73
Giving See Financial giving
Global mission TN42
Gospels, The TN25, TN43, TN68
Governance See Trustees
Grounds (church) A31, TN33, TN44
Groups TN41, TN104  See also Teams
Health and safety TN33, TN85
Health-checks HC1, HC2, HC4, HC5, HC6, HC7
Hiring out rooms See Lettings
Holidays, church A30
Home working A25, A36, A37, TN62  See also Self-management: overall
Hospitality TN86, TN107  See also Visitor welcome
Image See Branding and design
Income TN29
Internal communication A9, A14, A18, A39, TN38, TN52, TN63, TN69, TN82, TN93  See also External communication
Intercessions See Prayer / Intercessions  
Interviewing A17, TN16, TN65
IT A11, A14, TN46, TN53, TN99
Job applications A22, A23, TN65, TN76
Job descriptions A6, A38, A42, TN6, TN14, TN40
Job references See References
Large churches TN6
Lay Ministers A26
Layout (study) A36
Leadership principles A12, A13, TN30, TN50, TN78, TN87, TN90
Leadership ministry TN28, TN70  See also Minister's role/personality
Leadership teams A24, A41, TN18, TN50, TN87, TN101
Leading church services See Liturgy leading
Lesson reading TN1
Lettings A28
Line management A32  See also Staff: management, Volunteers: management
Liturgy leading See Church services: liturgy
Local media TN75, TN89
Lone Worker Policy TN85
Management See Staff: management, Volunteers: management
Martha and Mary TN68
Media, The See Local media
Meetings: agendas A40, TN61
Meetings: chairing A5, A40, A41, TN13, TN71
Meetings: decisions TN8
Meetings: minutes TN45, TN97
Meetings: PCCs A20, A24
Meetings: Secretary A40, A41, TN45, TN61, TN97
Meetings: size A24, A41
Members joining A31, TN14, TN107
Members leaving TN27, TN95
Minister's role/personality TN6, TN28, TN70, TN78
Minutes See Meetings: minutes  
Mission See Purpose or Mission agencies or Outreach depending on the meaning you want
Mission accompaniment See Advising churches
Mission agencies TN5, TN35, TN42, HC1, HC6, HC7
Mission enabler TN64
Mission statements TN48
Mobilising the church See Volunteers: strategy  
MOTs TN91  See also Review: self-review  
Multi-parish benefices TN51
Newcomers A6, A8, A31, TN14, TN109  See also Visitor welcome
New leader TN70
News TN9, TN38, TN39
Newsletters A9, TN63
Newspapers TN9
No. 2 to a No. 1 TN101
Notices TN93  See also Internal communication
Occupational Requirements TN92
Offering (The) A18
Office See Church office, Paper management  
Office location (mission agencies) TN26
Operations Managers A38  See also Church Administrators
Orchestral approach A5
Ordinal, The TN78
Outreach A21, A31  and in other topics
Paper management See Desk management  
Paper and print A29
Pay See Staff: remuneration  
PCCs See Meetings: PCCs  
PCC Secretary See Meetings: Secretary  
PCC Treasurer See Treasurer
Person profiles A6, A38, A42, TN87
Person specifications See Person profiles
Photographs TN22
Planning ahead A4, A35, A44, TN32, TN54  See also Vision, Purpose, Values
Planning retreats See Retreats
Plant See Church buildings
Policies TN85, TN86, TN92, TN98, TN99, TN107
PowerPoint TN52
Prayer / intercessions TN47, TN69
Preaching See Sermons  
Premises A28, A31, TN33, TN44
Press / media See Local media
Print See Communication plans, Communication skills, Newsletters  
Project management A44
Projects A16, A30, A44
Pub names TN44
Purpose A4, A24, TN48  and in many other topics
Quality See Standards
Readers (Anglican) A26
Reading aloud TN1
Reception point A33
Records See Filing
References (for posts) TN76
Refreshments A31, TN83, TN109
Reliability A27
Remuneration See Staff: remuneration
Reporting a meeting TN45  See also Meetings: minutes
Retreats TN54
Review: activities A40, TN34, TN42    
Review: church A35, HC1, HC2, HC4, HC5
Review: planning A4, TN4
Review: self-review TN11, TN54, TN91
Review: staff appraisal A32, TN17, TN95  See also Staff: management, Volunteers: management
Role definitions See Job descriptions
Rooms, letting A28
Rural ministry TN51
Salaries See Staff: remuneration
Salary differentials A3
Saying 'No' TN84  See also Self-management
Screens (in church) TN52, TN82
Seating layouts TN71
Secretary (meetings) TN45, TN61, TN71, TN97  See also Meetings
Security TN46
Self-awareness TN30, TN49, TN94
Self-management: overall A4, A25, A27, TN7, TN17, TN43See also Desk management, Home working, Stress, Time management
Self-management: tools TN11, TN23, TN62, TN84
Sermons A19, TN21, TN56
Services See Church services
S.H.A.P.E. A43
Shepherd (leadership) A12, A13
Small churches TN51
Social media TN99
Sorting See Filing, Desk management
Speaking skills A19
Staff: administrative A38, A42, TN40,
Staff: employment A6, A8, TN85, TN92, TN95
Staff: management A6, A10, A32, TN15, TN17, TN20, TN85, TN95
Staff: remuneration A3, TN37, TN80
Staff: selection A17TN37TN65, TN92
Staff team role TN5, TN50
Standards A14, A27, A35, HC2, HC4, HC5  with examples in many other items
Stewardship A7  See also Financial giving
Stipends See Staff: remuneration
Strategy TN42  with examples in many other items
Stress TN24, TN67
Structures TN18, TN20, TN50, TN51, TN58, TN80, TN104
Study (the room) A1, A36, A37
Teams A24, A41, TN18, TN41, TN79  See also Leadership teams
Time management TN7, TN11, TN23, TN43  See also Self-management: overall
Time log TN11
'To Do' lists TN23
Training A10  and in many other items
Treasurer A16, A18, TN29, TN98, TN108
Trustees A24, TN5, TN26, TN35, TN88  See also Meetings: (various)  
Twitter See Social media
Values A4, TN25, TN74
Visual design See Branding and design
Vision A4, TN32  and within several other topics  
Visitor welcome A31, TN14, TN83, TN109
Voicemail advice TN105
Volunteers: strategy A43TN15, TN36, TN37, TN100
Volunteers: management A6, A32, A34, TN17,
Volunteers: care of A10, TN24, TN31, TN55, TN85
Websites A14, A31
Weekends away A30
Welcome See Hospitality, Visitor welcome
Winnie the Pooh TN60
Work-life balance TN7  See also Time management
Workplace A43, TN10, TN106
World TN3, TN10
Worship See Church services: liturgy, Discipleship or Workplace (depending on the meaning you want)
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I have just read through Article A44 ('Making things happen') - it's a great piece of work! Really helpful. I simply don't know how you manage to be quite so productive ... and clear.
Email from the Principal of a theological college - October 2018