I am currently on a programme of succession planning to ensure UCAN in particular, but the rest of my work too, has a bright future. I am due to step down from running the Administrators' network by the end of 2017 so I can return to a focus of more general church consultancy, training and writing (including for this website). I also want to involve others in this wider work so that I can eventually retire from that too.
What I do not want to be lost is the vision for creative organisation in churches. So, during this period, I am taking a number of steps to ensure that I can hand over to others not only the work I believe God has called me to but also the vision for what this could become.
The 'Passion for church administration' network
In October 2013 I launched a small network of people who have a passion for administration that is wider than just for their own church and a vision for what might be possible in the UK Church and further afield.
In July 2015 I updated the purpose to include prayer for the work of the UCAN Oversight Group as they seek to develop part of this vision (see below).
If this interests you, get in touch with me to talk it through with no commitment implied. The network is always open to joiners. For details see:
By December 2013 I had formed a team, mostly of senior Church Administrators, whose churches will release them occasionally to undertake straightforward consultancy assignments in the field of church organisation. This means that when churches approach me I can pass some assignments on to others. Some need to charge, others offer to help for travel expenses and a gift only.
This idea is still in its infancy, but I now have a team of people prepared to be involved in this way and members of this group have now undertaken a number of assignments.
I currently co-ordinate the UK Church Administrator Network (UCAN) as an add-on to my professional work as a church consultant and trainer. But it is now becoming too large for me to be able to handle this and maintain my own ministry.
So a group of senior church operational staff and consultants are working to set up a new organisation to run UCAN from (we hope) autumn 2017. There are six Directors of what is now a company limited by guarantee. I will soon be able to retire from direct involvement, even if I undertake occasional training for the network, knowing that everything is in excellent hands.
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.