I am currently well into a programme of succession planning to ensure there are others to take over from me in championing creative church organisation.
October 2017 marked a major point in this process when I handed over the running of the UK Church Administrator Network to a new team. I have handed over other responsibilities in patronage work in 2020. This means that I can now prioritise consultancy, training and, increasingly, writing.
I believe that UCAN may eventually take over much of my consultancy and training too. The Directors have the same vision for creative church organisation as I do.
But for 2021 onward one key aim is to make my printed output in the Resources section of this website more widely known and used while maintaining a full (though deliberately reducing) diary for consultancy and training. The present Covid-19 pandemic has obviously impacted my original plans, cutting back on live training in particular.
I see this shift as creating a record of all my life's learning in creative organisation, so I can create a written log for ongoing use. This will include training materials and histories as well as resources that promote God's gifts of administration and 'how-to' guides for its many elements.
The new UCAN
Here is a recording of a presentation about the future of UCAN given by four of the new Directors at the Cutting Edge conference on 22nd March 2017:
The UCAN vision
UCAN proactively working towards enabling the Church in the UK to
- value the spiritual gifts of administration;
- give due recognition to those who exercise this ministry (changing present perceptions);
- rethink Minister training, UCAN speaking directly to Ministers and senior church leaders.