Understanding the Strengths of Management
foolishness. Leadership deals with vision-with keeping the mission in sight and with effectiveness and results. Management deals with establishing structure and systems to get those results. It focuses on efficiency, cost-benefit analyses, logistic, methods, procedures, and policies. This is so fundamental to the concept of leadership that it bears repeating. Leadership is not management of the church; leadership is, rather, the management of beneficial change within the church. The church needs “managers” – the Bible calls them “elders” (Acts 14:23; 1 Timothy 5:17) and “deacons” (1 Timothy 3:8-12). But the church also needs “leaders” – those who will actually lead the people of God in the direction God has set for them. It was this distinction between leadership and management that caused the apostles to appoint seven “managers” to look after the distribution of food to the Greek-speaking widows, so that the apostles would be released back into their primary role of leading the Church (see Acts 6:1-7). In the church, the majority of the focus of church leadership is upon management – the
management of people (through counselling and teaching), the management of resources(through financial administration), the management of programs (such as rallies, dramas and mission trips), and the management of meetings (such as the Sunday morning service or the Wednesday night Bible study). However, these activities, while important, are not leadership. They are administration, yes. They are government, yes. But they are not actually leadership – the act of leading the people of God. As Ross Perot observed, “People cannot be managed. Inventories can be managed, but people must be led.” Church management (also called church government) is about maintaining church activities and making sure the church runs smoothly. Leadership, in contrast, is about taking a church toward the goal of Ephesians 4:13: “…until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.”
Biblically Managing Ministries
There are many presumptions of truth which ministry does planning within a church educational program. Many presumptions truth are derived from traditions of generational beliefs systems and worldviews of men. Kenn Gangel states, “Yet tradition is never a sure guard against doctrinal failure, and church size is no guarantee of spiritual quality. If we face the future with total dependence on the sovereignty of God and the power of His Word, if our focus remains exclusively biblical in everything, we do than we will avoid marrying the spirit of this age and becoming a widow in the next. Stability in times of chaos requires a clear and biblical philosophy of ministry. Philosophy of ministry simply describes how we go about fulfilling our mission based on what we believe and practice as an organization. Ministry effectiveness begins with a Christ-centered, Bible-focused congregation determined to be in their personal, family and corporate life precisely what God wants of them, and it makes no difference whether they number fifteen, fifteen hundred or fifteen thousand."
The difference between Philosophy Education and Christian Education is that Christ is the cornerstone of education. He is truth. There are no presumptions in Him. Philosophy Education pursues the traditions of men and the principles of this world. Christian Education is after Christ. It has the authority to teach more than about this physical world that is passing away, but on that which is eternal and will last. According to Colossian 2:1,3." All fullness dwells in Christ, in particular, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge". Therefore, one becomes educated in knowing and teaching by making application in Christ. If Christian Education is to be truly Christian, than it must be derived from Christ. All ministry planning within a church educational program must be built on Christ being the center of educating, whether in theory, skill, tools, methods, goals, objectives, evaluation, strategy, or any other means that relates to the process of learning and teaching.
Preserve The Pastors From B's of Ministry: Badly Burned Out
crux of a pastor’s task, institute smaller parishes, and improve annual planning. Some other respondents mentioned making a clearer distinction between work and family life, and
training volunteers and members of the church council to take on some of the executive administrative tasks. Setting forth a plan in the budget to rebuild Pastors Spiritually-Christians retreats or groups that pours in the pastors only conferences. That focuses on helping the pastors in personally renewing their strength. Emotionally -usually wives are the safest place a pastor can turn to, plan a vacation or some type of getaway for the two to help build that emotional aspect of your pastor. Getting his emotions back in alignment with the Faith is important. Physically- Do not underestimate the importance of caring for your pastor body whether it is a chiropractor; massage professional treatments, nutritionist, or personal trainers. Their health is important concerning life and ministry. Professionally- Give thought to future opportunity for pastor like tuition, business opportunities, training or professional assistance in ministry.
Who is Managing the Managers?