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Ugh! Congregational management!
Budgets, performance reviews, the nursery that has a leak in the ceiling, financial audits, use of building guidelines, acquiring and maintaining the copy machine; all these things and more are often placed together in a category called the business side of managing a congregation.
Some clergy, indeed, some congregational boards are particularly skilled at congregational management. Other clergy and boards are challenged by management tasks. Sometimes this is a gift and talent issue, sometimes it is a theological issue (we are about God, we are not a business).
The reality is that a well-run congregation has much more energy to devote itself to its mission, to the programs and activities that most express its religious claims and commitments.
Is there a way for a clergy person to learn some management skills short of signing up for a MBA program?
Well, thankfully, one clergy person has already done that. Rev. John Wimberly serves the Western Presbyterian Church of Washington D.C. He has a unique combination of theological and business skills developed over many years of pastoral ministry. He has earned an M.Div, Ph D and a MBA, and he puts all this knowledge to work in a book titled The Business of the Church: The Uncomfortable Truth that Faithful Ministry Requires Effective Management.
The book has just the right mix of theory and practice. The practical ideas are applicable to many kinds of congregations.
This would be an excellent book for a governing board to read in preparation for a retrea,t or for the finance committee to read before the budget passes their way.
Yes, faithful ministry requires effective management.