Topics in Christian Ministry: Church Administration & Organization
Azusa Pacific University
Dr. Dick Pritchard
February 18, 2003
"Administrative Issues"

I.   Congregational Life & Administrative Areas
Spiritual Direction
Associational Leadership
Organizational Management
Sacramental Ministries
Religious Education
Crisis Support
Political Governance
Conflict Management
Consensus Formulation
Social Ministries
Fund Raising
Building Maintenance
Finance Management
Task Group Management
A.   All of these have some sort of administration within them (preachers need administrative support when they make their sermons)
B.   The separation of spiritual leadership from associational and organization leadership is theologically unsound
II.   Administrative Leadership Images
A.   Pastoral director
B.   Orchestra conductor
III.   Administrative ministry
A.   The work of administration is a work shared by many in the congregation
1.   Elected leaders
2.   Staff members
3.   Volunteers
4.   Pastors
B.   Someone must be the chief administrator who either administers the life of the church or takes responsibility for seeing that it is done
IV.   Organizational Theories
A.   Traditional - Celebrates maintaining tradition
B.   Charismatical - Pursuing an intuition; relies on leaders charisma
C.   Classical - Running the organization
D.   Systems - Relationship between organizational parts
1.   "If an organization understands persons to need organizations and structure in order to achieve its goals, a systems approach will prove most effective, since systems theory holds the organizational goals and the goals of persons to be of equal importance. Systems theory addresses the interrelatedness of the organization and its people."
2.   Origin of System - from the Greek word meaning "standing together"
3.   Systems Theory & the Church
a.   Systems theory offers a perspective of wholeness, a view of the entire church
b.   A systems view keeps the church from being totally focused in upon itself
c.   A systems view in a planning process identifies all components and the environment that acts as resources or constraints
d.   The systems approach enables a leader or group to predict more accurately effects and implications of other courses of action
E.   Human Relations - Interpersonal relationships (we don't need policy because we have each other)