Church Administration Handbook

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Bruce P. Powers
B&H Publishing Group, Jan 1, 2008 - Religion - 333 pages
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What’s new about this third edition of the long respected and often used Church Administration Handbook? In addition to time and technological-sensitive updates to the basic organizational details, editor Bruce Powers writes:

“The needs of people and churches have continued to change, with questions now being raised about the quality of congregational life, nature of leadership, and responsibility for ministry among all believers . . . As we have prepared this edition, we have sought to address five primary needs. 

1. Leadership skills and administrative tools that can be adapted for use in a variety of contexts from traditional to contemporary, from rural to urban, and from unicultural to multicultural settings;
2. Spiritual formation that relates to all of life (from birth to death);
3. Mission consciousness (in community, regionally, nationally, and globally);
4. Ministry of all believers (particularly calling out and equipping vocational, bivocational, and lay ministers); and
5. Leadership competence (the ability to inspire, motivate, and equip the saints for the work of ministry).”
 

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Contents

Meet the Authors
Section
Managing Churches and NotforProfit Organizations 20
Organizing for Mission and Ministry 38
the Minister as Team Leader 73
Section
Office Administration 115
Financial Policies and Procedures 134
Legal Matters 218
Ethical Standards for the Minister and the Congregation 230
Establishing a MissionStarting New Work 241
Cooperative Relationships 253
Section Three
Staff Relationships 277
The Ministers Personal Life 288
Leadership in Small and Rural Congregations 305

Planning and Budgeting 145
Designing and Managing Facilities 167
Planning Special Congregational Events 200
Church Publications 209
Getting Started in a New Ministry 313
Finding Fulfillment in Ministry 320
Notes 326
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