MPP1161 - Administering the Local Church
An overview of the role of the pastor in relation to the organization and management of the local church. Special attention will be given to the various aspects of local church finances.
As a result of their participation in this course, students will:
- Understand the administrative and financial responsibilities of the ministerial role in which they will serve.
- Understand the foundational concepts, principles, and practices necessary to fulfill their administrative and financial responsibilities in an effective manner.
- Develop the skills necessary to implement these concepts, principles, and practices in their own ministries.
- Incorporate these concepts, principles, and practices into a personal philosophy of ministry.
The following competencies as outlined in the Sourcebook on Ordination: United States of America Edition, 2006 to meet the educational requirements for Ordination within the Church of the Nazarene will be achieved by completing this course:
- Ability to identify the directives of the Manual of the Church of the Nazarene that pertain to the organization and ministry of the local church and to the responsibilities of the pastor at local and district levels. (CN-29)
- Ability to explain the governance systems of the church at local, district and general levels. (CN-30)
- Ability to write an integrative philosophy of ministry that will answer "why I do what I do when I do it." (CP-4)
- Ability to provide oversight of one's ministry using management skills including servant leadership, conflict resolution, and administration. (CP-5)
- Ability to manage ministry resources of one's ministry (time, human, financial, etc.) in a way consistent with a church's size and characteristics. (CP-6)
- Ability to conceive and articulate purpose, mission, vision, and to develop strategic plans in ways that strengthen a unified vision. (CP-7)
- Ability to develop team building skills, identify and cultivate spiritual gifts, recruit volunteers, empower laity diagnose and intervene in problems. (CP-8)
- Ability to appropriately manage personal and budget for one's ministry. (CP-9)
- Ability to prepare, organize, and deliver a biblically sound basic scheme of administrative oversight in culturally appropriate ways, using appropriate techniques and skills. (CP-22 Administration)
- Ability to develop and utilize existing ministry forms (such as facilities management and safety assessment, personnel development, basic recordkeeping, maintaining church policies, etc.) by which individuals, families, and congregations may be formed into Christlikeness. (CP-23 Administration)
- Ability to assess and implement emerging approaches to administration in light of enduring theological (Bible, doctrine, philosophy) and contextual (history, psychology, sociological) perspectives. (CP-24 Administration)
It is recommended that the following modules be taken before taking this module: Telling the Old Testament Story of God, Telling the New Testament Story of God, Communicating with Spoken and Written Language, and Exploring Christian Ministry.