Guidelines and procedures for effectively administrating the work of a local church.Publishers Description
Guidelines and procedures for effectively administrating the work of a local church. Relates information about organization, objectives, ministry plans, human resources, providing controlling factors, and basic skills of church administration. Includes appendix and bibliography.
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.03" Width: 6.03" Height: 0.7"
Weight: 0.95 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 1985
Publisher Broadman And Holman
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|The whole book in a nutshell. Oct 5, 2006|
|Dr. Charles Tidwell writes that "the premise of this book is that a well administered organism is required by the very nature of the church and is likely to be more useable under God than a disorderly organism" (12). Overall, church administration should be seen as equipping God's people to better do, what God has called them to do (or to put it another way, to effectively place people into God's ordained path through which they can better achieve the purposes God has laid out for each individual person). With this in mind, `church leadership' is then to be understood as `guiding the resources utilized to accomplish God's purposes'. |
Tidwell describes it as follows, "Church administration is the leadership which equips the church to be the church and to do the work of the church. It is the guidance provided by church leaders as they lead the church to use its spiritual, human, physical, and financial resources to move the church toward reaching its objectives and fulfilling its avowed purpose" (27). Church leadership enables "the children of God who comprise the church to become and to do what they can become and do, by God's grace" (27).
Dr. Tidwell then moves on to describe the purpose of the church as being "a fellowship of persons who have received Christ and who are attempting obediently to live the way of Christ and to work faithfully with Him to bring others to God" (71). It is then argued that the administration has the responsibility in leading the body of Christ in this undertaking, and in doing so, helps the church clarify its purpose.
Once a purpose or vision is in place, Tidwell advises that the administration should place `objectives' before the body in order to clearly direct the aim of the congregation in reaching certain goals pertaining to the churches purpose. We should view objectives "as ends which should determine what means a church will plan to" use in providing direction to the church body in reaching their vision (79). Though objectives may require much time to develop, they are well worth the time invested; objectives clearly direct the path of a congregation.
These purposes and objectives usually become a `ministry plan'. "A good ministry plan can lead the church to make progress in unity. It can develop leaders and members; it can help bring others to Christ" (101). It is also important to note that churches need organization, no matter what size they are, and ministry plans help meet that need. In planning ministry it is important to have organization in the levels of purpose, goals, objectives, church government, church resources, and even in the area of `human resources'.
Other notable areas include physical resources such as curriculum materials, supplies, properties, and even equipment and furnishings. But, one of the most important resources, especially in our day and time, would have to be financial resources. Dr. Tidwell writes that "financial resources are the money, the knowledge, the skills, the attitudes, the commitment, which help make available those human and physical resources needed to implement the ministries of the church" (159). Tidwell advises that a budget be developed. "A budget is a financial plan that reflects the specific amounts of money allocated from anticipated income for supporting the church's ministries and related expenses for a definite period of time, usually a year" (162).
The last functional area that Tidwell addresses in this volume is `administrative control' which looks at what is being done within the church related to what the intended goals are, or we could call it `administrative guidance'. Tidwell then ends the book by examining different areas of effective leadership such as planning, initiating, promoting, organizing, delegating, directing, motivating, supervising, performing, influencing, controlling, evaluating, communicating, and finally representing.
|Church Administration by Tidwell Sep 8, 2006|
|Tidwell does a good job organizing leadership for effective ministry, and has compiled his information into a brief but usable text.|
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