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Training in administration for Ministers

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John Truscott

Friday 09 July 2010 5:48:42 pm

What can be done to provide practical training in basic administration for Ministers at theological/Bible colleges and in continuing ministerial education? Or should we be shielding them more from this by providing gifted people, whether paid or voluntary, to release them for their priority ministry?

Sheila Randall

Monday 22 November 2010 11:30:33 am

I think Time Management is a vital skill for anyone in a busy role - regardless of what that role is.

Ministers need to be trained in this - even if they think they think they have already got it sorted - we can all still learn. Ihad always presumed that this is included in ministerial training - if not - it needs to be, along with the more "expected" themes of preaching, teaching, pastoral etc. Even having a church administrator doesn't take all admin away from the minister/Leadership.

Sheila Randall

John Truscott

Wednesday 24 November 2010 12:53:01 pm

Quite. And time management applied to working from home rather than an office or factory too!

Jeff Witts

Tuesday 25 January 2011 10:28:16 am

It's interesting to note that Youth Workers receive far more training than Clergy in these matters, and yet the Youth Worker usually ends up with a member of the Clergy as their line manager.

Calvin Hanks

Thursday 14 April 2011 10:57:29 am

this should be part of their studies!

how many ministers actually have admin staff ?

Elijah Oguntade

Thursday 09 February 2012 10:22:39 am

Time Management skills are essential for all levels of leaders and workers in the church or christian ministries. When we fail to plan we are indeed planning to fail. Time is one of the greatest asset and resource available to us all to achieve our destiny. Our entire life is made up of seconds, minutes and hours. And when it is being wasted lifves and destinies are wasted.

Julian Mander

Wednesday 31 October 2012 10:07:24 pm

I feel a book coming on... keep ministers out of the detail BUT clearly define the aspects of what church administration now involves. Ministers should understand what is required so that they can understand the gap and know who they need to recruit to their team.
We've got half the contents of a book slowly forming in UCAN material and member expertise. Who's the next person to retire?

Alternatively, if you're struggling to help your minister understand what their pastoral obligations are to deliver for the systems of the church, I can heartily recommend "The Other Side of Pastoral Ministry" by Daniel Brown. Our pastoral director read it and "got it". However, nothing changed in practice, although it was a useful reference point to refer back to in subsequent conversations as to why certain things had to be done or time scheduled for.