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

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube & Skype: drpablojimenez

Download this Document on PDF

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

Church Administration UK

Spring 2018: Worldwide studies with Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

The Hispanic Ministries Program (HMP) at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary offers Master-degree level courses in different parts of the world. Deadlines are approaching for our Spring 2018 courses:

  • Alberta, Canada: Church Administration
  • Bahamas: Church Administration
  • UK: Church Administration
  • Birmingham, Alabama: Pentecostalism
  • Englewood, New Jersey: New Testament Survey

For more information, please write today to hispanicministries@gordonconwell.edu or call 978-646-4302.

GCTS HMP
GCTS HMP
GCTS HMP
GCTS HMP

 

 

 

 

 

GCTS Logo

 

 

January 2018 – Hispanic Ministries Program: ¡Time to Register!

To all HMP Students

The deadline for all January 2018 courses is fast approaching. If you are interested in taking any of the courses listed below – you must register by this coming Monday, December 4, 2017.  The Dean will review the each course registration number, determining which course will be confirmed or cancelled by Friday, December 8, 2017.

HMP January 2018
HMP January 2018

Samuel Chen: My experience at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Samuel Chen, a minister of the Church of God of Prophecy who lives in Manchester, UK, shares his experience as a student of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in the UK, through the Hispanic Ministries Program.

Audio

Samuel Chen
Samuel Chen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Video

For more information on how to enroll on our study programs in the USA, UK, and the Caribbean, visit our website: http://www.gordonconwell.edu/hmp/future/Application-Procedure.cfm 

Homiletics in the UK

Traveling to the UK to teach a Homiletics course of the Hispanic Ministries Program, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

See the materials for the course: http://drpablojimenez.net/courses-workshops/pr-500-introduction-to-preaching-homiletics/

PR 500 Introduction to Preaching – Syllabus

PR 500 INTRODUCTION TO PREACHING

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Download this Syllabus on PDF

Access all resources for this course

October 2017

Instructor: Dr. Pablo A. Jiménez

Mailing Address: 130 Essex Street, South Hamilton, MA 01982

Website: www.drpablojimenez.net

E-mail: pjimenez@gordonconwell.edu

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube & Skype: drpablojimenez

 

Course Description:

Preaching the Gospel of Jesus is a daunting challenge, particularly in the Hispanic and Caribbean context, which is multilingual and multiethnic, postmodern and postcolonial. This reality shapes preaching, as the main means the Church employs to interpret and communicate the Gospel.

This course will seek to offer the student an introduction to the practice of preparing and delivering expository sermons, taking into consideration our particular context. It is our objective to provide the student the tools and processes necessary to prepare biblical, clear, edifying, and even creative sermons. Learning experiences include reading, discussion, lecture, exegesis, practice preaching, watching sermons, and self-critique.

Course Objectives:

The aim of the course is empowering students to develop their full potential as preachers. At the end of the course the students should be able to:

  1. Present a coherent theology of preaching.
  2. Understand preaching as a communicative process.
  3. Employ contextual hermeneutic perspectives in the preparation of their sermons.
  4. Design effective sermons.
  5. Evaluate the impact of the postmodern and postcolonial condition on contemporary homiletics.
  6. Present effectively their sermons.

Course Textbooks: (All available through Amazon’s Kindle Store)

Robinson, Haddon. Biblical Preaching: The Development and Delivery of Expository Messages. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2014. ASIN: B00IGDKNI2

Stanley, Andy. Communicating for a Change: Seven Keys to irresistible Communication. Colorado Springs, CO: Multnomah Press, 2006.. ASIN: B001E2WM54

Required Readings: (To be distributed by the professor)

Jiménez, Pablo A. “And the Word Became Flesh: Homiletics and Evangelical Preaching in Hispanic Churches”, In The Hispanic Evangelical Church in the United States: History, Ministry and Challenges, edited by Samuel Pagán. Elk Grove, CA: National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, 2016, pp. 299-326.

_____. “If You Just Close Your Eyes: Postcolonial Perspectives on Preaching from the Caribbean” Homiletic Vol. 40 No. 1, (2016): 22-28.

_____. “Toward a Postcolonial Homiletic: Justo L. González Contribution to Homiletics.” In Hispanic Christian Thought At the Dawn of the 21st Century: Apuntes in Honor of Justo L. González, edited by Alvin Padilla, Roberto Goizueta & Eldin Villafañe. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2006, pp. 159-167, 305-306.

Suggested Readings:

Graves, Mike & David J. Schlafer. What is the Shape of Narrative Preaching? Essays in Honor of Eugene Lowry. St. Louis, Abingdon Press, 2008. ASIN: B001NEKAF2

Lowry, Eugene. The Homiletical Plot: The Sermon as Narrative Art Form. Westminster John Knox Press, 1980. ASIN: B00SLHGXEQ

Kuck, David W. Preaching in the Caribbean: Building up a People for Mission. Kingston” BY the author, 2007. (No ISBN)

Stott, John R. W. Between Two Worlds: The Art of Preaching in the Twentieth Century. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1982. ASIN: B001Y35JB2

Mitchell, Henry H. Celebration and Experience in Black Preaching. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2010 (Revised edition). ASIN: B0052EFW66

Schlafer, David J. What Makes this Day Different?: Preaching Grace on Special Occasions. Cambridge: Cowley Publications, 1998. ASIN: B009D16VH8

Thomas, Frank. They Never Like to Quit Praisin’ God: The Role of Celebration in Preaching. Cleveland: Pilgrim Press/United Church Press, 1997. ASIN: B00DD045UA

Travis, Sarah. Decolonizing Preaching: The Pulpit as Postcolonial Space. Eugene, OR: Cascade Press, 2014.

Willhite, Keith & Scott M. Gibson. The Big Idea of Biblical Preaching: Connecting the Bible to People. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 1998. ASIN: B009M6T1YY

Wiseman, Karyn L. I Refuse to Preach a Boring Sermon: Engaging the 21st Century Listener. Cleveland, OH: The Pilgrim Press, 2013. ISBN-10: 0829819568

Assignments:

All written assignments should be typed, double-spaced and written in a 12-point font such as Arial, Helvetica or New Times Roman. Formats: Send your paper in MS Word (extension doc or docx) or Adobe Acrobat (extension pdf). All assignments will have a maximum value of 100 points. 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.

  1. Class preparation and participation: All students must read the textbooks before the first day of class. Each student must also participate in class discussions. Although no paper is required, the instructor will grant a grade for this assignment.
  2. Biblical Interpretation: Study ONE biblical text from the list included below, following the key questions listed in THE THREE STEPS SYSTEM (enclosed as an appendix). Your paper should have no less than three and no more than five pages. DUE: October 13.
  • Genesis 32:22-32 (Narrative)
  • Psalm 130 (Poetic Literature)
  • Isaiah 5 (Prophetic Literature)
  • Matthew 13.1-9 (Parable)
  • Mark 1.21-28 (Miracle Story)
  • Luke 5:1-11 (Discipleship Story)
  • Romans 5.1-11 (Epistle)
  • Revelation 4 (Apocalyptic text)
  1. Sermon Outline: Write a sermon outline or manuscript based on the text studied for Assignment #2 and using the system taught in class. DUE: October 14.
  1. Final Exam: Take an exam on the sermon theory taught in class. DUE: October 15.
  2. Sermon Manuscript: Develop your outline into a full sermon manuscript of no less than 1,000 and no more than 2,000 words, using the system taught in class.  DUE: October 26.

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

Topics:

Topic Required Readings  Suggested Readings
Basic Definitions Robinson, Chapter 1
Theology for Preaching  Jiménez, Davis, Kuck, Stott
Communication Principles Stanley, Chapters 1 to 10 Wiseman
Biblical Interpretation for Preaching Robinson, Chapters 2 to 4 Willhite & Gibson
Sermon Rudiments Robinson, Chapter 5
Sermon Outline Robinson, Chapters 6 to 9
Basic Sermon Forms Graves, Lowry, Schlafer
Sermon Delivery Robinson, Chapter 10, Stanley, Chapters 11 to 17 Mitchell, Thomas
Evaluation & Planning

The Three-Step System

Biblical Interpretation for Preaching

I. Point of contact: First Step in the Preparation of Biblical Sermons

Begin with prayer. Ask God to make you sensible to the Word and to speak through your sermon to the congregation. Keep a devotional atmosphere throughout the exercise.

Read the text several times. Work primarily with the translation that has become part of your own being. Compare it with other translations for the purpose of comparing and contrasting emphasis, movement, and structure. Do not use secondary sources for this exercise.

Read the text once more, aloud and with feeling. Only then, proceed to answer the following questions.

  1. What are the questions that this text sparks?
  2. What feelings surface as you read the text?
  3. What memories does the text cause you to recall?
  4. Imagine that you are immersed in the world of the text:
  • What do you see?
  • What do you hear?
  • What do you smell?
  • What do you touch?
  • What do you taste?
  • How does it feel to be in that world?
  1. Has your perception of the text changed? How?
  1. What is this text about? List the topics and ideas suggested by the text.

II. Explanation: Second Step in the Preparation of Biblical Sermons

After a direct interaction with the text, turn to secondary sources such as commentaries, dictionaries, and other homiletic aids. Insofar as possible, identify the historical context in which the text is found. Then, proceed to answer the following questions.

  1. What was the situation of the community to whom the text was written?
  2. Identify the form, the function and the literary structure of the text.
  3. Note the key words of the text. How are they used in this particular document?
  4. Have you found answers to you questions about the text?
  5. What are the mayor theological claims of the text?
  6. Enumerate the topics suggested by the text.

III. Interpretation: Third Step in the Preparation of Biblical Sermons

Move once again to the present, exploring the message of the text for the contemporary Church. Make the hermeneutic movement self-consciously and critically. Then, proceed to answer the following questions.

  1. Establish a correlation between your social location and the social location of the text. What realities function in our world in the same way as in the world of the text?
  • Identify the elements of salvation. Identify the sources of conflict.
  • Who is the powerful? Who are powerless?
  • In order to interpret the text appropriately, with whom do we should identify with in the text?
  1. Does the function of the text in its ancient setting suggest a possible function for our sermon in our setting?
  1. Does the form or the literary structure of the text suggest a given design for the sermon?
  2. Does the text suggest any guidelines for contemporary pastoral action?
  3. What are the “good news” for the congregation? For the Church at large? For the world?
  4. Enumerate the possible “sermons-in-a-sentence” suggested by the text. Pick one for your sermon and save the others for future sermons.
Pablo writes
Pablo writes

Open House @Gordon-Conwell

Are you exploring a call to ministry? Visit Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (GCTS), during its Open House 2017, to be held October 17 to 18. There is financial aid available for prospective students. For more information, visit: http://www.gordonconwell.edu/hamilton/future/Open-House.cfm

GCTS Open House 2017
GCTS Open House 2017