The Executive Secretary is one of the three administrative officers of the church (the other two being the President and the Treasurer). The primary responsibilities of the Secretariat department are:
- To help forward the work of the church in accordance with the plans and policies agreed upon by the British Union Conference Executive Committee.
- To liaise with the two Conferences (North and South England) and three Missions (Ireland, Scotland and Wales) to help with the application of policy; gather statistical information.
- To coordinate with missionaries serving in other parts of the world or within the British Isles.
- To lead on all matters relating to HR, pensions and policy.
In some ways Secretariat could be seen as the 'service arm' of administration. However, it is vitally important for the efficiency and smooth running of the Church organisation and has as its motto: "Love in Service".
BUC Strategic Plan - 2011 - 2016 (PDF Document)
Policies, Statements and guidelines:
These include the BUC Policy Book, Child protection (KCFS), Domestic Violence & Sexual Harassment, Health and Safety Policies and guidance on the Sexual Orientation Regulations.
Disclosure Applications Website
BUC Policy book
Individual sections are downloadable below,
- Section 1 Constitution (July 2016)
- Section 2 General Denominational Guideline (Dec 2015)
- Section 3 Conditions of Employment (March 2018)
- Section 4 Employees' Welfare (Nov 2018)
- Section 5 Finance (Dec 2015)
- Section 6 Ireland Isle of Man
- Section 7 Education (Nov 2018)
- Section 8 Health & Safety
- Section 8a SDA Health and Safety Policy Statement Nov 2018
- Section 8b SDA Codes of Safety Practice - Dec 2009
- Section 8c Keeping the Church Family Safe Child and Adult Protection Policy & Procedures (Nov 2018). Supplement Revised Feb 2017
- Section 9 Complaints Policy & Procedure (June 2015)
- Section 10 Data Protection (March 2018)
Guidelines for Seventh-day Adventist Churches with reference to the impact of the Sexual Orientation Regulations, 2007
SORs 2007 Guidelines to Churches (pdf file - 80 kb)
Statement on Government Proposal on same-sex marriages, March 2012.
The BUC and other Employing entities chose to use Legal and General as our Seventh-day Adventist Group Personal Pension provider. Individual employees can view the Seventh-day Adventist Group Personal Pension scheme details at the Legal and General mirco-website.
Members of the plan can use the "manage your account" tab and should register to view and manage their individual pension pots.
On 31 December 2013 the Seventh-day Adventist Retirement Plan was closed to new members and to new accrual by existing members at that date. All those who were members with accrued service in this plan when it closed will continue to be eligible for a pension at age 65 from this plan. Details of the closure consultation that took place between 1 October and 30 November 2013 are as follows: A consultation announcement letter was sent out for all employees on 30 September 2013 and an announcement letter regarding the decision to close was sent out on 17 December 2013. Further information can be obtained by contacting the BUC Executive secretary who acts as the Seventh-day Adventist Retirement Plan coordinator for all participating employers.