Academic Programs 
      

Church Administration (AM-691)
Summer 2009

This course is designed to probe the ways church and ministries are a business. Topics covered will include techniques for managing and developing a budget, record-keeping, fundraising, supervision of staff, marketing and community relations.

 

Meeting Day, Time and Dates: 
Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 26 - June 25, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m

Anthony Bennett
adjunct Professor of Arts of Ministry and Pastor, Mt. Aery Baptist Church of Bridgeport, CT

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Course Syllabus



Course Description:
The issue of church administration has been the source of both ministry and misery for congregations worldwide. Whether discussing store front startups, rural plants, or mega ministries the subject of administration impacts the ministry’s effectiveness to present its unique witness in the broader community. This course is designed to explore the multi-faceted dimensions of administration in the local congregational context. In particular, as mentioned in the seminary catalog, this course will examine biblical and theological foundations for church administration and its subsequent impact on vision, staffing, and funding issues. Particular attention will be given to the area of and debate of faith based funding and the relationship between non profits and the local congregation.

Included in each class discussion will be a case study of an actual church administration scenario experienced by local church pastors.

Course Texts (all available at the Seminary bookstore):

Lindgren, Alvin Foundations for Purposeful Church Administration, Nashville, TN,
Abingdon Press, 1965

Carter, William J. Team Spirituality: A Guide for Staff and Church, Nashville, TN,
Abington Press, 1997

Flake, Floyde H., Elaine McCollins Flake, Edwin C. Reed, African American Church
Management Handbook,
Valley Forge, PA, Judson Press, 2005

Aaron Spiegel, Nancy Armstrong, Brent Bill, 40 Days & 40 Bytes, Making Computers
Work for Your Congregation,
Herndon, VA, Alban Institute, 2004

Recommended Reading:

Charles M. Olsen, Transforming Church Board into Communities of Spiritual Leaders:
The Alban Institute, Inc., 1995

Kouzes-Posner Editors, Christian Reflection on Leadership the Challenge: San
Francisco, CA, Jossey-Bass, 2004

Robert H. Boyte, Kelly Boyte Peter, Spiritual Growth in the Congregation, St. Louis,
MO, CBP Press, 1988

Marshall Shelley, General Editor, Renewing Your Church Through Vision and Planning,
30 Strategies to Transform Your Ministry,
Minneapolis, MN, Bethany House Publishers, 1997

Herb Miller, Leadership is the Key, Unlocking Your Ministry Effectiveness, Nashville,
TN, Abingdon Press, 1997

Harold J. Westing, Church Staff Handbook, How to Build an Effective Ministry Team,
Grand Rapids, MI, Kregel Publications, 1997

Norman Shawchuck, Roger Heuser, Leading the Congregation, Caring for Yourself
While Serving the People,
Nashville, TN, Abingdon Press, 1993

Dan Southerland, Transitioning Leading Your Church Through Change, Grand Rapids,
MI, Zondervan Publishing House, 2000

Anita Farber-Robertson, Learning While Leading, Increasing Your Effectiveness in
Ministry,
Alban Institute, 2000

Phillip V. Lewis, Transformational Leadership, A New Model for Total Church
Involvement
, Nashville, TN, Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1996

B. Douglass Lewis, Meeting the Moment, Leadership & Well-Being in Ministry,
Nashville, TN, Abingdon Press, 1997

John Trent, Rodney Cox, Eric Tooker, Leading from Your Strengths, Building Close-Knit
Ministry Teams
, Nashville, TN, Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2004

Aubrey Malphurs, Advanced Strategic Planning, A New Model for Church and Ministry
Leaders,
Grand Rapids, MI, Baker Books, 1999

Alan Nelson & Gene Appel, How to Change Your Church (without killing it), Nashville,
TN, Word Publishing, 2000

C. Jeff Woods, Better Than Success, 8 Principles of Faithful Leadership, Valley Forge,
PA, Judson Press, 2001

Leith Anderson, Leadership that Works, Hope and Direction for Church and Parachurch
Leaders in Today’s Complex World
, Minneapolis, MN, Bethany House Publishers, 1999

George O. McCalep, Jr., Ph.D., Faithful Over a Few Things, Lithonia, GA, Orman Press,
1996

Course Aims:

  1. To continue to develop meaningful reflection on the relationship between theological positions and practical facilitation through administration
  2. To continue meaningful reflection on the context in which the student ministers.
  3. To develop a deeper awareness of the senior leader’s position and style of response within the local church.
  4. To assist students in analyzing, developing and implementing practical responses to the myriad of administrative scenarios within the local church

Course Requirements:

  1. Students are required to attend each class having read the day’s reading assignment in advance of the class.
  2. Students are required to attend Mount Aery Baptist Church Leadership Institute on June 6, 2009 from 10:30a to 1:30p.
  3. Students are required to write a 20 page research paper focusing on a topic from the course. This should involve reading the equivalent of at least two additional books. The paper should be written in accordance with the Seminary Guideline for a Research Paper, which will be distributed to the class. This paper is due NO LATER THAN June 25, 2009.

Weekly Schedule:
May 26: Introductions, expectations, definitions of terms. Church Administration: Ministry or Misery

May 28: Biblical and Theological Foundations of the Church
• Chapters 1 and 2, Foundations for Purposeful Church Administration

June 2: Understanding the Nature and Vision of your Own Context
• Chapter 3, Foundations for Purposeful Church Administration
• Chapters 2 and 3, African American Church Management Handbook
• Chapters 4 and 9, 40 Days & 40 Bytes, Making Computers Work for Your Congregation

June 4: The Senior Pastor/Leader as Administrator, possibility or problem
• Chapters 4 – 6, African American Church Management Handbook
• Chapter 1, Foundations for Purposeful Church Administration

June 11: Staffing: To Hire or Not to Hire, That is the Question
• Chapters 1 – 3, Team Spirituality: A Guide for Staff and Church

June 16: Funding for the Ministry, Part 1 – Biblical avenues of funding, tithes, offerings sacrificial giving, biblical and theological reflection on funding the ministry, what should and should not be done.
• Chapter 7, African American Church Management Handbook

June 18: Funding for the Ministry, Part 1 – alternative sources of ministry funding
• Chapter 8, African American Church Management Handbook

June 23: Pulling it all Together – Church Administration, meeting the moment day by day

June 25: A Pastor’s Pilgrimage in Administration Revisited, Presentation of papers


 

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