Understanding the Strengths of Management

It is common that the role of Leadership and the role of Management are often defined as the same function. The two are quite different in their roles of functions. [1]Leadership focuses on where the team is going and why they are going in that direction. Management focuses on how and when the team will get there. Teams need both leadership and management. Leadership and management are complementary and dependent on each other for the growth of a church. A team with a strong leader and a strong manager will grow because it has a complementary vision and the systems to support the vision. [2]Popular author Stephen R. Covey explains: Leadership deals with direction-with making sure that the ladder is leaning against the right wall. Management deals with speed. To double one's speed in the wrong direction, however, is the very definition of

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. [1]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

What purpose does Christian Education have in ministry planning within a church educational program? Like Jesus, he always answer a question with a question. "How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How shall they believe in Him in whom they have not heard? How can they hear without a preacher, preaching to them" (Roman 10:14). Like the Gentiles, people are going to keep calling upon idols to be the answer they seek for. Jesus makes it clear, "I am the way, the truth and the life No man come to the Father except through Me" (John 14:6). Christian Education assists a person to hear, believe, and call on the only true God. It brings the hearer and the teacher together to purpose. The hearer should hear by Christian Education. The duty of the teacher is to make it where the hearer can hear in a way they believe, therefore one must teach about Jesus. The duty of the hearer is to hear and believe what the teacher teaches, than apply the teaching. Christian Education duty is to collate together both duties in learning. They cannot believe nor call unless they hear about Jesus. Christian Education is more than a writing guide. It was design to be heard. Not only was it to be heard, but to believe what you hear and act on what you believe. The word of God gives an result of that objective. If you call on me, I will answer you, and show you great and might things you do not know (Jeremiah 33:3).

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.[1] 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

I believe that at some level a Pastor will experience being burned out in ministry. It probably is very rare that a system or plan is in place to prevent this from taken place. What do you do to prevent a pastor from being burned out in ministry? How do you care for badly burned pastors. Personnel management committees should include a plan and practice to preserve the pastor? [1]Ron Susek shares his approach, whether pastors stay or leave, the primary goal is to preserve them as people and enable them to more effectively minister in the future. You must not think in terms of how to get rid of a problem but how to help life. That's love. No person can succeed in any area of life without adequate support-God has so designed life. Pastors cannot be nonstop work machines simply because they are serving God. Moses would have never have survived without his father-in-law advice, which led to helpful judges. If Moses needed to be "coached" to lead Israel, so pastors need to be coached to lead the church. There are a number of things that pastors may can do. [2]The following suggestions were made: delegate clerical tasks, have volunteers assist by paying private visits and by helping out at memorial services, appoint one or more catechists, set up a liturgy panel, divide up the tasks carried out during religious services, and finally, get secretarial and other professional support. Pastors might be better equipped to carry out their tasks if they had proper training and supervision. Courses on time management, dealing with conflicts, discussion techniques, motivating people, and pastoral supervision were suggested. Respondents suggested that planning and organization could be improved by doing the following: clearly define the total number of tasks, concentrate on the

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?

Every area of the church function must be covered. This includes the personnel committee or the board. How will the personnel committee or the board be manage? Yet many times when people do come together that can't come to a decision collectively. Goals and mandates help one to understand why the coming together is profitable for ones that they are design to serve and the reason why we are here as a group. This can iron out the frustration. Goals with assessments helps with more than just bringing a group of people together but have a team work together more effectively toward successfully accomplishing that common goal. Each team member must works diligently toward a collective goal, with trust and accountability of one another in accomplishing the goal of the tasks. Having a committee or board and the church is dysfunctional is one way to assess that there is a disrupt in the work. Especially when the board or committee is design to promote the function of the church vision and mission. [1]In many organizations the board holds everyone accountable except itself. That is to say, many boards do a good job planning, monitoring progress, and helping the organization move forward toward its goals. But far too many do not apply such practices to the most important group of all in the organization-themselves. While some argue that the board's role is purely oversight, and that in one sense everything the entire organization does is a measure of the board's achievements, such an analysis may be avoidant behavior on the part of the board. It is our belief that good boards set goals for themselves and periodically evaluate their progress toward the established goals. Anytime a board engages in a process of staff evaluation, particularly assessing the performance of its chief executive, it should simultaneously examine its own performance, especially in the matter of support for those called to staff ministries. A person's behavior and preference can disrupt the work, not the differences in how one is wired in personality. The Bible is clear, "In the multitude of counselors their is safety." (Proverbs 11:14) Yet, it also states,Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Let us therefore, as many as are [j]perfect, have this attitude; and if in anything you have a different attitude, God will reveal that also to you; 16 however, let us keep [k]living by that same standard to which we have attained. (Philippians 3:13-16).