Parish Administrators include anybody employed (either paid or unpaid) by a church in an administrative capacity. Not always called “parish administrators” (occasionally known as parish or benefice coordinators or secretaries) they perform a multitude of tasks – why not check out the word cloud downloadable on the right hand side of this page which illustrates all the different tasks parish administrators do?
‘Now you are Christ’s body, and individually parts of it. And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, then healers, helpers, administrators, speakers in various kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work mighty deeds? Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? Strive eagerly for the greatest spiritual gifts.’
1 Corinthians 12.27-31
Events, training and networking for administrators
In March 2015 we held our first event for Parish Administrators in Canterbury with around 25 attendees. Since then we have held three more events for Canterbury Diocese Parish Administrators’ and it has grown and grown. These consultations establish a network for people doing parish administration. The aims of the network are to affirm the significance of the administrator role to the church community and the building of God’s Kingdom and to provide ongoing networking opportunities to share stories, best practice, and learning between all those involved in church administration.
The Consultations have taken a workshop format and so far workshops have been held on the following topics:
- Communications and Social Media (March 2015)
- Role Profiling and HR (March 2015)
- Resourcing Ministry (March 2015)
- Formalities and Legalities (October 2015)
- Using Social Media (October 2015)
- Having difficult conversations about employment (October 2015)
- Taming the Tiger: Minimising stress in the local church (April 2016)
- Administration in Vacancy (April 2016)
- Data Collection (April 2016)
- Archiving (April 2016)
- What support is available from the Diocese? (April 2016)
- Risk Assessments and Lone Worker Policy (April 2016)
- Developing effective websites (April 2016)
- Drawing on strength when you’re running on empty (April 2017)
- Wellbeing (April 2017)
- Gift or Guilt Trip: Using Time Effectively (April 2017)
- Working with Conflict (April 2017)
Feedback from all three events has been fantastic – we’ve received comments such as:
- ‘It was great fun but also extremely valuable hearing about how each of us worked. Just meeting other administrators was a plus.’
- ‘Prior to the evening I used to think that I was on my own – it was great to find others of the same species!’
- ‘I found out lots of information that inspired me to take a fresh look at the way we do things.’
Helpful Links for Parish Administrators
- www.parishresources.org.uk – this site is provided by the Church of England’s National Stewardship & Resources team and offers over 400 pages of resources (web & pdf) to support all aspects of stewardship, administration and management in the local church, as well as links to other sites and pages of interest.
- www.john-truscott.co.uk/Administrators – this is the website of UCAN, an ecumenical network for Parish Administrators in the UK. UCAN has over 1100 members and is run by John Truscott. The aims include to enable Administrators to network with each other, to co-ordinate specialist events, to increase professionalism, to provide an advice service and to help people know they are not alone in this vital but often understated ministry. UCAN is for everyone employed by a church in any administrative capacity. Through UCAN you can also register to receive a bi-monthly resources e-letter with policy updates and links.
- http://directory.biblesociety.org.uk – Christian Resources Directory: Online directory for 1,000’s of Christian products and services. Grown from the UK Christian Resources Handbook this online directory gives you access to agencies, businesses and organisations.
- www.ccpas.co.uk – CCPAS (The Churches’ Child Protection Advisory Service) is the only independent Christian safeguarding charity.
- www.hse.gov.uk – Health and Safety at work website—offers guidance, newsletters and policy update information.
Diocesan House Contacts
The officers and administrative staff who work for the Canterbury Diocese are more than happy to help with any question you might have.
To contact Diocesan House phone 01227 459401.
To find out more about who’s who and their contact details you can download the Diocesan House directory available on the right hand side of this page which lists all the staff and their contact details within frameworks as well as short descriptions of their role. Or—for a more light-hearted way of getting to know diocesan staff, you can meet a colleague.
Please let us know what else you would like to see on this page and what would be helpful. Email Sarah Lucas on firstname.lastname@example.org.