MPP1161 - Administering the Local Church

Course Description

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.

Course Objectives

As a result of their participation in this course, students will:

  1. Understand the administrative and financial responsibilities of the ministerial role in which they will serve.
  2. Understand 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.
  4. Incorporate these concepts, principles, and practices into a personal philosophy of ministry.

The following are Competencies for Ministry as outlined in the Sourcebook on Ordination USA that will be addressed in this course:

  1. CN13 Ability to identify and explain the significance of the major events, and male and female figures in the Church of the Nazarene.
  2. CN14 Ability to identify the directives of the Manual of the Church of the Nazarene that pertain to the organization and ministry of the local, district, and general church.
  3. CP2 Ability to oversee ministry using management skills including servant leadership, conflict resolution, administration, and team building.
  4. CP3 Ability to cultivate, cast and strategically implement vision.
  5. CP4 Ability to lead congregations in the biblical stewardship of life resources.
  6. CP21 Ability to manage and implement biblically sound church administration utilizing appropriate techniques and skills demonstrating cultural sensitivity.
  7. CP22 Ability to assess and implement contemporary approaches to administration in light of enduring theological and contextual perspectives.
  8. CH8 Ability to practice holistic stewardship (mutual submission in gender relationships, sexual purity, marriage and family, personal finance, professional conduct, practicing Sabbath, etc.)
  9. CX3 Ability to discern sociological dynamics, (including the power dynamics of gender, age and ethnicity) and to apply that information to specific ministry settings.
  10. CX4 Ability to analyze and describe congregations and communities.

Course Prerequisites

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.