Church Administration and Finance
Shepherding the church requires up-to-date knowledge of budgets, insurance, financial management, personnel organization, audits, and legal liability. These responsibilities are complex and ever-changing. While as pastor, you are called to be a faithful steward of the church's resources and an effective planner of its ministries, you need facts and skills to get your job done. This book will help you organize and weave your way through the often complex business of the church.
Definition of Ad-Ministry and What It Means to be an Ad-Minister
A Theological Model for Ad-Ministry
The Church as an Organization
Stewarding People--Paid and Unpaid Staff
Staffing the Volunteer Organization
Stewarding Resources--Finances and Budgeting
Stewarding Places and Spaces
Stewarding Fiduciary Responsibility--Legal and Liability Issues
Stewarding the Mission of God
Strategic Planning to Fulfill God's Call on Your Congregation
Includes templates, and samples, including Church Staff Review forms, Staff Growth Plans, Offering Tracking Logs, Financial Statements, Property Inventory Worksheets, and Emergency Procedures Worksheets.
For churches and religious nonprofits, the business of business is not business - it is ministry. However, these organizations still have to plan. Because organization is needed to accomplish specific tasks, leadership must train and motivate workers for progress and effectiveness. "Church Administration "will assist pastors and church administrators in becoming effective and efficient leaders, managers, and administrators.
Twelve chapters deal with the following vital areas:
- An Introduction to Administration
- Basics for Administration
- Documents for Administration
- Organizing the Church
- Administering Personnel Resources
- Administering Financial Resources
- Administering Physical Resources
- Administering the Office
- Administering Risk Management
- Administering Planning Activities
- Administering Program Ministries
- Administering Support Activities
The needs of people and churches have continued to change, with questions now being raised about the quality of congregational life, nature of leadership, and responsibility for ministry among all believers . . . As we have prepared this edition, we have sought to address five primary needs.
1. Leadership skills and administrative tools that can be adapted for use in a variety of contexts from traditional to contemporary, from rural to urban, and from unicultural to multicultural settings;
2. Spiritual formation that relates to all of life (from birth to death);
3. Mission consciousness (in community, regionally, nationally, and globally);
4. Ministry of all believers (particularly calling out and equipping vocational, bivocational, and lay ministers); and
5. Leadership competence (the ability to inspire, motivate, and equip the saints for the work of ministry). "