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PAS4023 - Church Administration and Finance

Course Description

This course examines the role of the minister in relation to the organization and management of the local church. Special attention will be given to various aspects of local church finances.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, students will--

  1. Understand the administrative and financial responsibilities of the ministerial role in which they serve.
  2. Recognize the foundational concepts, principles, and practices necessary to fulfill their administrative and financial responsibilities in an effective manner.
  3. Develop the skills necessary to implement these concepts, principles, and practices in their own ministries.

Course Competencies

The following competencies required for ordination in the Church of the Nazarene as outlined in the Sourcebook for Ministerial Development, 2006 will be addressed in 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 the local, district, and general levels (CN-30)
  • 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 church finances (CP-9)
  • Ability to prepare, organize, and deliver a biblically sound scheme of administrative oversight in culturally appropriate ways (CP-22)
  • Ability to develop and utilize existing ministry forms (facilities management, safety assessment, personnel development, basic recordkeeping, church policy maintenance, etc.) by which individuals, families, and congregations may be formed into Christlikeness (CP-23)
  • Ability to assess and implement emerging approaches to administration in light of enduring theological (Bible, doctrine, philosophy) and contextual (historical, psychological, sociological) perspectives. (CP-24)

Course Prerequisites

Completion of at least 96 credit hours.

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