[draft form] Administrating the Local Church


Module Vision Statement:

Administration starts with a thorough understanding of Christ’s mission for His Church locally and globally. Such an understanding is needed to shape and motivate the accomplishment of interrelated ministries and tasks in a particular congregation. In a local congregation, administration could be defined as implementing and managing the mission of Christ in His Church.

Administration is a continual and intentional process that connects and uses gifts of individual believers, to enable a particular congregation to win people to Christ and to build a spiritually healthy church. In the process, service does to the spirit of the one who serves something like what physical conditioning does to the body; as a result, the believer’s spiritual stamina develops. These three outcomes are incredibly significant: new people won, disciples developed, and churches strengthened.

This module deals over and over with the development of the administrator, that’s the student, the prospective pastor. As the basic foundation for such development, this module teaches that all church leaders work from three ever-present realities: (1) what you are, (2) what you know, and (3) what you do.

Unlike the way secular businesses operate, the church does its work in and through relationships—voluntary relationships built on a common faith. While the chief executive officer (CEO) of a business hires and fires and has authority to use personnel as a business commodity, the pastor leads by inspiration, instruction, information, and influence. While a business may build for a decade or a generation, the pastor and the congregation build for eternity. While profit may be the aim of a business, the church’s purpose is to bring as many people as possible to Christ and then help mature those believers into disciples. While churches should be businesslike in their work, Kingdom work is much bigger and more lasting than anything any business can do. Thus, the administrative leader of a congregation should learn as much as possible about secular leadership strategies and management principles, but always be guided within by the unique differences between Kingdom and secular business.

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