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International HR Forum

Healthy and legal after COVID?


Sadly this event is now CANCELLED due to a lack of bookings.


Dealing with the HR challenges raised by Covid-19

The issues arising out of the Covid-19 pandemic for our churches and organisations are many and varied. But what are some of the key issues that people managers of mission personnel are facing at the moment?

From a well-being perspective we have seen a growing concern for the mental health of our staff and mission partners, as we have all had to deal with issues of isolation, fear, grief, frustration and burnout. Globally, 62% of workers consider mental health issues to be a top challenge during the Covid-19 crisis, but only 30% of employees feel comfortable talking about their mental health with their managers. What are the key current issues we need to know about?  How can we address these to enable mission partners to not only stay on the field, but thrive? How do we encourage our organisations and our mission partners to develop a culture of care, compassion, and resilience?

From an employment and legal perspective, we have been faced with new challenges – amongst our workers we have found a wide spectrum of views and attitudes to risk and what is reasonable. This has manifested itself over issues such as when it is safe or wise to travel, when to return to the place of ministry (if they have returned to UK) and whether to be vaccinated or not. Sometimes views are expressed strongly and vocally which can lead to stressful situations on our teams.

Using a combination of presentation, discussion and case studies, during our time together we will explore these issues.

During the first part of the event we will be setting the scene regarding the mental health issues brought about by Covid we need to be aware of, and what tools will help us address these from an HR perspective to support our mission partners as we emerge and live with the effects of Covid. The second part of the event will focus on some of the employment and legal aspects arising from the morning. The day as a whole will help us address the following:

  • What is reasonable adjustment from a mental health perspective? How has this been impacted by Covid? How can this be embraced by an organisation and understood by mission workers?
  • What is best practice?  (We will be looking at some models to consider.)  
  • And how do we as HR practitioners deal with situations where mission partners and our organisational requirements are in conflict?

Our speakers are Ben Porter (Thrive Worldwide) and Mark Mason (Mark Mason Employment Law)


Sadly this event is now CANCELLED due to a lack of bookings.


The cost is £65 to people from GC and MAP member agencies and churches, and £130 for those from non-member organisations. If you are not sure if your church or organisation is a member of GC, please check with them to confirm or see if they feature on our List of Members page. 

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Cancellation Policy: 50% of the booking charge will be refunded if cancellation is made at least one month prior to the event. For cancellations made less than one month prior to the event, we regret that a refund will not be possible.

For more details, contact Sandy Morgan