Ministries

The Ministries office maintains the rolls of ministers, CRCWs and lay preachers as well as giving general oversight to their work and the work of elders. Amongst other matters, we deal with the movement and remuneration of ministers, legislation, ministers’ conditions of service, ministerial retirements, ministers from other churches wishing to work for the URC, the filling of special category ministry posts and assessing candidates for ministry.

Secretary for Ministries

Craig Bowman is secretary for ministries and he supports the work of the ministries committee and its five sub-committees. This work includes maintaining the roll of ministers, CRCWs, and lay preachers as well as giving general oversight to their work and the work of elders. The office deals with procedures regarding the movement of ministers, legislation, the level of stipend, ministers’ conditions of service, ministerial retirements, ministers from other churches wishing to work for the URC, the filling of special category ministry posts and assessing candidates for ministry. Craig also has a responsibility for URC chaplains and is secretary to the ministries committee.

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Development Worker for Church Related Community Work (CRCW)

Steve Summers development worker for church related community work (CRCW). CRCW is a distinctive and formally recognised ministry within the URC, and post holders play a vital role in the denomination's community involvement. CRCWs are called by God, professionally and theologically trained, and then commissioned to a particular church(es) and neighbourhood, using the principles of community development to respond to and challenge the issues facing their particular communities. Steve works from the CRCW office at Church House to develop and administer this programme of work, but is often out-and-about visiting community projects throughout the URC. he is also actively engaged in advocating and promoting church related community work, reaching out to the next generation of CRCWs and church and community projects.

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Craig and Steve are supported in their work by:

Vivienne Williams: PA to secretary for ministries

Gillian Jones: data analyst and administrator for ministries

Emma Pearce: database assistant

Samara Andrews: CRCW programme administrator (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)