Topics in Christian Ministry: Church Administration & Organization
Azusa Pacific University
Dr. Dick Pritchard
January 16, 2003
"The Church: God's Institution or Our Institution"

I.   Parachurch organizations seem to fill a need where there church has failed to step up
A.   Creation has roots in needs that churches lacked in
B.   The problem is that maybe the church is giving away a responsibility they were suppose to handle
C.   Parachurch organizations are very multi-denominational
1.   Parachurches do well because they can do what one individual denomination in the 33,000 can not do
2.   They don't have to stick with individuals when theology is questioned
3.   If your organization focuses on one issue (i.e. feeding the poor), than you don't have to divide with those who have a differing view of another theological issue (i.e. eschatology)
II.   Administration in Light of the Humanity of the Church
A.   It is in the administrative snarls that one is fare more likely to find passions aroused, masks lowered, neat roles abandoned, stubborn resistances revealed, and glimmering aspiration bared." -James E. Dittes, Minister on the Spot
B.   Response
1.   Allow for honesty
2.   We must set the ground rules for how we are going do life together
a.   Establish that anything can be said, even in disagreement
b.   "If you walk out of this room and have conversations about this meeting that you didn't say in this meeting, something is wrong"
i.   If this happens this will be addressed in the group
ii.   People will straighten up if they know they are going to be accountable to their action
iii.   Your response will follow
i.   Personal explanation of why
ii.   Repent of action
iii.   Leave the position or the church
c.   This creates a level of accountability in the room
3.   When rules are established in the beginning, and it stays simple than communication is easier and problems are easier to address
a.   Family with one rule: "when someone says please stop, you stop"
b.   The rule in itself has a built in check & balance because someone who is abusing it, can then be told to stop that as well
C.   All communication needs well rounded base for communication
1.   Characters or Traits
a.   Dreamer - figure out what can/needs to be done
b.   Do-er - figures out what to take from the dreamers
c.   Observer - takes what is thought on and analyzes how to best use it and figures out if there are any problems needed to be seen down the road
2.   The very point of intolerance of how you approach these that you run into problems at a church
3.   People also don't really want to help once they have been misplaced
III.   Administration and the Church
A.   Administration in the Church
1.   In the context of church life, administration may be defined as a discipline helping the church order its life, enabling it to move toward fulfillment of its mission
2.   We need to be focused on what we cannot do and what we aren't gifted in
B.   Administration regarding Spiritual Gifting
1.   Administration concerns itself with the spiritual care and nurture of the congregation, its faith development, and its witness to the community. Administration ought to be seen as a gift of the Spirit that serves the common good of the church (1Corinthians 12:28)
C.   Larger Context of Administration
1.   Leading - the art of influencing people to work to achieve goals
2.   Planning - Determining the future course of action by assessment of needs; setting goals, priorities, and procedures; and review
3.   Organizing - Structuring groups for life and work, clarifying relationships, assigning responsibilities, delegating authority, establishing accountability
4.   Coordinating - Selecting, training, developing people for work based on skills, gifts
5.   Staffing - Synchronizing a group's efforts to be timely and of sufficient quality and quantity
D.   New Testament Church
1.   There are five distinguishing characteristics of the New Testament church. The administrative leadership of the church is the "glue and oil" that enables them to function together
2.   Attributes
a.   Worship
b.   Ministry/Outreach
c.   Proclamation
d.   Education/Discipleship
e.   Fellowship