Co-Mission Resourcing Conference

formerly the church administrators conference

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DAY CONFERENCE FOR CHURCH SUPPORT STAFF & THOSE WORKING IN CHRISTIAN ORGANISATIONS – INCLUDING ADMINISTRATORS, OPERATIONS DIRECTORS, PART-TIME STAFF, MINISTERS’ PAS

2017 Speakers

Hugh Palmer
Speaker – Opening Plenary:  Getting our Perspective Right

Hugh Palmer is Rector of All Souls Church, Langham Place, London. He has had a passion to share and to explain the Christian faith ever since a college friend led him to Christ as a student.

Hugh began his ordained ministry in Norwich and has served in St Helen’s Bishopsgate, London and in Sheffield before coming to All Souls in 2005. His ministry has taken him all round the UK and also involved him in many student and parish missions. He currently chairs Word Alive: a national Bible teaching week. In 2012 he was made a Chaplain to the Queen.

Philip Cooper
Speaker – Closing Plenary: 
Challenges of being on the Frontline

Philip is Director of BCM Real Estate, an Elder at Cornerstone Church Kingston, as well as being Trustee of Co-Mission Churches Trust and of Canbury Park Church Trust. Philip has extensive experience of how different size churches operate and being married to a church administrator he also understands the challenges that support staff can face.

Workshops

MORNING

Rev Andrew Nicholls (Pastor, Dundonald Church) and Ali Davies (Administrator, Christ Church Mayfair)

The phone rings – someone pops into the office – You’re administratively ready, but are you pastorally prepared? How can you help, how can you love people who bring you their messy lives?
A seminar exploring the unofficial pastoral/counselling aspect of support staff’s roles, with practical help to fine-tune your ‘listening skills’.

Working at a church changes our experience of Sundays! Not only are we looking out for typos on the slides and chasing signatures, we’re fielding questions and queries before and after (and sometimes during!) the service which can make it hard to properly engage with God’s word and enjoy meeting with his people. This workshop will look at ways to keep spiritually fresh and to keep on serving the church with joy.

Alasdair Wallace (Co-Mission Media Strategist) and Mark Winterlin (Filmmaker – Co-Mission and Reach Global)

On top of everything else, you’ve just been asked to manage your churches online presence. What even is that? Why does your church need to have one? How long should you spend managing it? What should you focus on?

We look into the increasingly important role of social media for your church, and the task of creating digital content to build engagement of your members, and interest from potential members.

With hints, tips and resources to help you get on top of this new world, this highly practical seminar will be the springboard you need to raise your digital game and find purpose in the social media noise.

Geraldine Sparks (Administrator – Trinity West and Word Alive

‘Starting from Scratch’ – Setting up a church office and bewildered at where to begin! This seminar aims to give advice on some of the legal and practical things to consider and where to find further help from CCLI to DBS, CIO to TENs.

LUNCH TIME SESSION

Preparing for the new data protection laws GDPR

With Victoria Hordern, a legal counsel at Hogan Lovells with over 10 years experience advising on all aspects of data protection, privacy and information law. She is also a long-standing member of Christ Church Mayfair.

AFTERNOON

Rev Andrew Nicholls (Pastor, Dundonald Church) and Ali Davies (Administrator, Christ Church Mayfair)

The phone rings – someone pops into the office – You’re administratively ready, but are you pastorally prepared? How can you help, how can you love people who bring you their messy lives?
A seminar exploring the unofficial pastoral/counselling aspect of support staff’s roles, with practical help to fine-tune your ‘listening skills’.

Rosie Dunn (Events Manager at Co-Mission and Christian Conventions)

Spending time away together as a church is often a real highlight for those attending but requires careful planning to ensure everyone has a great time. This workshop will be full of practical ideas including how to find the right venue, balancing the budget, planning the programme and making the most of online booking options. It will also cover those areas we may forget (insurance, risk assessments, health & safety, safeguarding) and also top tips for an excellent event.

Carrie Dow (Chief Operating Officer – Linklaters Belgium)

Unless everything is perfect (in which case, we’d already be in heaven), there will always be areas of church life where we need to introduce change, big or small. This can be tricky, particularly when everyone has a different view; churches and global law firms are maybe not so different in that regard. Carrie Dow will share some tips and tools for implementing change well – in the context of her role as Chief Operating Officer for Linklaters Belgium, and with the behind-the-scenes insight to church life she gained growing up in a vicarage.

Alasdair Wallace (Co-Mission Media Strategist) and Mark Winterlin (Filmmaker – Co-Mission and Reach Global)

On top of everything else, you’ve just been asked to manage your churches online presence. What even is that? Why does your church need to have one? How long should you spend managing it? What should you focus on?

We look into the increasingly important role of social media for your church, and the task of creating digital content to build engagement of your members, and interest from potential members.

With hints, tips and resources to help you get on top of this new world, this highly practical seminar will be the springboard you need to raise your digital game and find purpose in the social media noise.

TALKS