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".
2016 BUC Session Reports' Book (PDF Document)
2016 BUC Session Supplementary Booklet (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.
Keeping Our Church Family Safe
- Keeping the Church Family Safe Child and Adult Protection Policy & Procedures (Revised Feb 2017)
- Disclosure Applications Website
BUC Policy book
Individual sections are downloadable below,
- Section I Constitution
- Section II General Denominational Guideline (Dec 2015)
- Section III Conditions of Employment (June 2015)
- Section IV Employees' Welfare (June 2015)
- Section V Finance (Dec 2015)
- Section VI Ireland Isle of Man
- Section VII Education
- Section VIII Health & Safety
- SDA Health and Safety Policy Statement - Dec 2009
- SDA Codes of Safety Practice - Dec 2009
- Keeping the Church Family Safe Policy & Procedures (Revised December 2015)
- Section IX Complaints Policy & Procedure (June 2015)
Statement of Ethical Foundations for British Union Conference staff. This is the level of service you can expect from Adventist staff and ministers.
BUC Constitution. Updated July 2011.
SDAA Constitution and Memorandum of Association.
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.