Syllabus – MC 623 – Church Administration – UK

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Hispanic Ministries Program

MC 623 – Church Administration

Instructor: Dr. Pablo A. Jiménez

Email: pjimenez@gordonconwell.edu

Website: www.drpablojimenez.net

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Course description

Overview of Church administration and management of non-profit organizations. It is designed to inform and educate students regarding administration, management, and leadership principles, procedures, techniques, theology, theory, and practice for leading, administering, and managing churches and non-profit organizations. The course applies a problem-solving approach to these and other issues relevant to ministers and lay leaders.

Aim and Objectives

The aim of the course is to equip students to be efficient administrators of local congregations, denominational judicatories, para-church organizations, non-profit organizations and other religious non-governmental organizations (NGO’s).

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Define pertinent terms, principles, and operating procedures associated with administration, leadership, and management.
  2. Describe the organization of your church or non-profit organization.
  3. Determine the place of a local congregation in the Congregational Life-Cycle.
  4. Identify the roles and responsibilities of pastors, leaders, board members, and officers for the stewardship of resources.
  5. Manage organizational conflicts efficiently.
  6. Apply management principles and strategies that assist churches, clergy and administrators to lower their risk of legal liability.
  7. Establish procedures for administrating and leading churches in a professional, efficient, and responsible manner.

Textbooks

Bullard, George W. Pursuing the Full Kingdom Potential of Your Congregation. St. Louis, MO: Lake Hickory Resources, 2005. ISBN: 0827229844

Rainer, Thom S. Autopsy of a Deceased Church: 12 Ways to Keep Yours Alive. Nashville: B & H Books, 2014. ISBN-13: 978-1433683923

Welch, Robert H. Church Administration: Creating Efficiency for Effective Ministry. Second Edition. Nashville: B & H Academic, 2011. ISBN-13: 978-1433673771

For Further Reading

Allen, David. Getting Things Done. New York: Penguin Books, 2015.ISBN-13: 978-0142000281

Anderson, James D. & Ezra Earl Jones. The Management of Ministry: Building Leadership in a Changing World. Nashville: Discipleship Resources, 1993. ASIN: B003DI3R8I

Bandy, Thomas G. Coaching Change: Breaking Down Resistance, Building Up Hope. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2000. ISBN-13: 978-0687090174

_____. Kicking Habits: Welcome Relief for Addicted Churches. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1997. ISBN-10: 0687049342

Banks, Robert & Bernice M. Ledbetter. Reviewing Leadership: A Christian Evaluation of Current Approaches. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2004. ISBN-13: 978-0801036293

Barna, George. The Power of a Vision. Updated Edition. Ventura: Regal Books, 2003. ISBN: 0830747281

Bolsinger, Tod. Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Books, 2015. ASIN: B018IM8JWW

Bullard, George W. Every Congregation Needs a Little Conflict. St. Louis: Chalice Press, 2008. ASIN: B001KW0AJI

Creswell, Jane. Christ-Centered Coaching: 7 Benefits for Ministry Leaders. St. Louis: Lake Hickory Resources, 2006. ISBN: 082720499X

Duhigg, Charles. The Power of Habit. New York: Random House , 2014. ISBN: 0385669763

Hamm, Richard L. Recreating the Church: Leadership for the Postmodern Age. St. Louis: Chalice Press, 2007. ISBN: 0827232535

Heifetz, Ronald A. & Marty Linsky. Leadership on the Line: Staying Alive Through the Dangers of Leading. Boston: Harvard Business School Press. ASIN: B01N1XCO0S

Herrington, Jim, Mike Bonem & James H. Furr. Leading Congregational Change: A Practical Guide for the Transformational Journey. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2002. ASIN: B01FIXWFXS

Lott, David B., Editor. Conflict Management in Congregations. Washington: The Alban Institute, 2001. ASIN: B00LWXKJGO

Rediger, G. Lloyd. Clergy Killers: Guidance for Pastors and Congregations Under Attack. Louisville: Westminster / John Knox Press, 1997. ISBN-13: 978-0664257538

Methodology

This intensive course will develop in three stages:

  • Phase 1: Readings and assignments to be fulfilled before the on-site intensive meeting.
  • Phase 2: On-site intensive meeting
  • Phase 3: Assignments to be fulfilled immediately after the on-site intensive Meeting.

Phase 1:

  1. Read Welch’s Church Administration in its entirety.
  2. Read Chapters 1 to 5 of Bullard’s Pursuing the Full Kingdom Potential of Your Congregation.
  3. Read Rainer’s Autopsy of a Deceased Church.
  4. Answer the Church Questionnaire, analyzing the local congregation you attend or serve as pastor or staff member.
  5. On the basis of the Questionnaire, write a 5 pages describing the current situation of your local church or organization.

Phase 2:

  1. Participate actively in the on-site intensive course.
  2. Answer an Online Test about the content of Welch’s book.

Phase 3:

  1. Read Chapters 6 to 12 of Bullard’s Pursuing the Full Kingdom Potential of Your Congregation.
  2. Write a 15 pages paper on The Present and Future of your Congregation. The monograph must have, at least, two parts:
  • A diagnosis section, identifying the place of your local church on the Congregational Life-Cycle.
  • A vision section, writing the Future Story of your Congregation that will accurately portray your dreams, aims and goals for your organization.
  • A strategic section, describing how to implement, at least, three strategies for improvement effectiveness, organizational change and growth.

Assignments

General Information:

  1. All written assignments should be typed, double-spaced and written in a 12-point font such as Arial, Helvetica or New Times Roman.
  2. All papers must be original, citing the references according the Turabian format. Students who copy, forge or pay for term papers will be referred to the Judicial Committee for adjudication and may fail the course and even be suspended from the HMP
  3. Formats: Send your paper in MS Word (extension doc or docx) or Adobe Acrobat (extension pdf).
  4. All assignments will have a maximum value of 100 points.
  5. No late work will be accepted. If you experience illness or emergency, you must request an extension, sending an email to the instructor. Your email on this issue must be an official extension petition, filed by 4 pm on the day of the deadline for written work.
  6. The HMP does not accept a grade of “I” or Incomplete. Students requesting extensions will receive a grade of “EX”, to be removed when the Instructor submits the final grade.
  7. Students will receive an extension of no more than 90 days—counted from the first day of the course—to complete all coursework. Any papers or exams not submitted within 90 days will have an automatic “F”, earning no points toward the final grade.
  8. In case of medical emergency, the HMP office may grant a longer extension, up to a year from the first day of the course. Proper documentation of the medical emergency must be provided to the HMP office in a timely manner.

Grading Scale:*

Grade Percentage Points
A 100 – 95 % 500-475
A- 94 – 90 % 474-450
B+ 89 – 87 % 449-435
B 86 – 84 % 434-420
B- 83 – 80 % 419-400
C+ 79 – 77 % 399-385
C 76 – 74% 384-370
C- 73 – 70% 369-350
D+ 69 – 67 % 349-335
D 66 – 64 % 334-320
F 63 – 0 % 319-0

*Master degree level students may request to be graded on a “Pass/Fail” grading basis, using the link below (this option is not available for Diploma students): http://www.gordonconwell.edu/hmp/current/documents/PassFailPetition.pdf 

Assignments for this course:

As stated earlier, the assignments for this course will be:

  1. A 5 pages paper describing the current situation of your local church or organization, written on the basis of the Church Questionnaire supplied by the Instructor. Deadline: February 15, 2018
  2. Attendance and active participation in the on-site intensive course.
  3. Online Test about the content of Welch’s book. Deadline: February 18, 2018
  4. A 15 pages paper on The Present and Future of your Congregation. The monograph must have, at least, three parts:
  • A diagnosis section, identifying the place of your local church on the Congregational Life-Cycle.
  • A vision section, writing the Future Story of your Congregation that will accurately portray your dreams, aims and goals for your organization.
  • A strategic section, describing how to implement, at least, three strategies for improvement effectiveness, organizational change and growth.

Deadline: March 2, 2018

Calendar

Topic Readings Timeframe
Introduction – Reading Syllabus Course Syllabus Thursday, February 15, AM
An Introduction to Administration Welch, Chapter 1 Thursday, February 15, PM
Basics for Administration Welch, Chapters 2 & 3 Thursday, February 15, PM
Analyzing Organization & Structure Bullard, Chapters 1 to 5

Rainer

Welch, Chapter 4

Friday, February 16, AM
Managing Personnel Welch, Chapter 5 Friday, February 16, PM
Managing Finances Welch, Chapter 6 Friday, February 16, PM
Managing Properties Welch, Chapter 7 Saturday, February 17, AM
Assessing Risks Welch, Chapter 9 Saturday, February 17, AM
Managing Conflict  To be supplied Saturday, February 17, PM
Planning & Programming Welch, Chapter 10 & 11 Saturday, February 17, PM
The Future Story of your organization  Bullard, Chapter 6 to 12 Sunday, February 18, AM
Closing Sunday, February 18, AM

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