Those with Gifts of Administration
There are many people in our churches who serve faithfully and without fuss “behind the scenes”. Tricia Campbell, Church Administrator at Ridgeway Church, gives us a glimpse into the life of an Administrator and shares about a conference that exists to equip them.
“And in the church God has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, also those having gifts of healing, those able to help others, those with gifts of administration, and those speaking in different kinds of tongues.” (1 Corinthians 12v28)
Ridgeway Church has its origins in a work started back in 1960 by Spicer Street Church in St Albans. At that time a Sunday School was started in a local senior school to the North East of the city. A morning service was then added in 1987. In 2008 the decision was made to establish the work as a separate church and so Ridgeway Church came into being.
Since its inception the work has grown and we are now a diverse community of over 100 people. We have morning and evening services, Sunday School and youth groups for all ages, and a Deaf Ministry where the service is translated into sign language. One of our youth groups meets at a local Community Centre where we also run a Friday afternoon Café, particularly for elderly folk living on their own. We have occasional evangelistic events at the local pub next to the Community Centre where we have built up a good relationship with the pub manager.
One of our publicity handouts features the quote “Building a community of people who love God and one another” which I think sums-up our priorities and gives a sense of the care and support we have for one another. It’s a great church to belong to!
The need for Administrators
The role of Simon, our Pastor, is primarily to tell people about Jesus and disciple and pastor those in his care. In order for him to have the time to do this, the church decided it was necessary for someone else to take on the job of dealing with all the admin – and my role of Administrator was created. That way Simon can focus on the important task of getting the gospel out and ministering to those in need in our congregation.
It has been a challenging role. Trying to understand the complex issues of Copyright and Child Protection have been particularly difficult. With the desire to ensure that we complied with all the rules and regulations, the further challenge was then getting the message across to those in the music team and children’s work respectively. Explaining why the musicians couldn’t simply download music and then photocopy it without checking with me first has taken time to filter through but I think the message is now understood!
A little bit of help for Administrators
For the past few years I’ve attended the Church Administrators’ Conference. It has been a great resource. There is Bible teaching which helps us focus on our motivation to serve; there are workshops and seminars covering a wide range of topics; and there’s also the opportunity to meet other Administrators and exchange ideas.
At the conferences it has been great to have experts who have clearly explained some of the more complicated church administration issues. I have then been able to go back to my church and explain how and why the various rules do apply to us (e.g. why all children’s workers should be DBS checked and trained, even if they have been respectable church members for over 20 years!)
For Administrators, Sunday can often be a flurry of activity and the “Keeping Going” workshop was extremely helpful as it helped us explore our relationship with God as being the key to our work and looked at some practical ways to keep spiritually fresh.
This year’s conference is on Monday 17th November at Dundonald Church, Wimbledon. It’s open to anyone involved in admin for a church, whether you have multiple services on a Sunday and a large Leadership team or run the office as a volunteer for a small church.
Please remember to pray for those Administrators who work behind the scenes in our churches, and pray that the conference would be a great blessing to many of them.
You can find out more information and booking details on the Administrators’ Conference website.