Church administration

A STRATEGIC AND SYSTEMATIC APPROACH TO EVALUATING AND ENHANCING CHURCH STAFF PERFORMANCE

Author
Steven Bray D.Min.
Abstract
The purpose of this Doctor of Ministry project was to create an annual staff development plan for Fountain City Wesleyan Church which focused on both improving effectiveness in performance and encouraging personal, professional and spiritual development. Fountain City Wesleyan is a church of 1000 with nine full-time pastors and ministry directors. The project highlighted the powerful impact of combining goal setting, coaching, and evaluation to develop team members. In addition, the project concluded that high performance expectations can be countered by high care for team members.

This project conducted two case studies of similar churches to Fountain City Wesleyan Church. The project explored the biblical and theological basis for staff development including the identification of twelve biblical principles. The literature review analyzed three components of the annual development plan: crafting an action plan utilizing SMART (Specific, Measurable, Agreed upon, Relevant and Timed) goals and strategies; regular coaching sessions; and an annual review process to provide additional performance conversation and formal documentation of employee performance.

This plan included a guide to create an action plan each trimester, the implementation schedule for the plan, a model for coaching staff (Connect, Opportunity, Alternatives, Course, Highlights), an annual self-review and performance review. Additionally, supplemental avenues to promote self-care among staff were identified. The final plan, tips and tools for coaching, tools for diagnosing development needs, and the research protocol are noted in the appendices.

Developing a Health Strategy for SURV Church, Winter Haven, Florida

Author
James Smith
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop a health strategy for SURV Church Winter Haven, Florida. The project director utilized the Transformational Church Assessment Tool and the Prompempo International Church Missions Profile to assess the current health of SURV Church. A demographic study and interview with a Missions organization helped determine a wellness baseline. The director studied the Bible, theological resources, and other healthy church practices to determine healthy indicators and best practices. The project director developed a health strategy with the support of church members input. The proejct director presented the health strategy to SURV Church for approval.

Co-working Ministry in and with Christ

Author
Jennifer Parks-Snyder
Abstract
The mid-size church faces various challenges, especially when they have grown from a smaller congregation in a matter of a few years. Using leadership and congregational surveys, along with theological and congregational development techniques, this project will lead the reader to recognize the valuable tool of co-working ministry between laity and pastors. The Apostle Paul developed this form of ministry, and today's churches of all sizes can certainly benefit from his example.

Impact of life-Time ordination of Elder in the Pastoral ministry among the Zou Churches in North-East India

Author
Hau Suankap Manlun
Abstract
This dissertation chiefly examines the function of pastors and church elders in the divine worship and the administration of the Zou Churches in North East India. The author states that ordination is only for those who received a divine call from God to serve publicly in the holy ministry of the word of sacraments. Today, what is commonly called an "elder" is in reference to laymen appointed to secure the congregation in its temporal affair and to assist the pastor in the administrative tasks. In scripture the most common titles for the holy ministry are elder, overseers, and pastors. These three titles are interchangeable (Eph. 4:11; Acts 20:28-31; 1 Pet. 5:1-4). The author promotes the value of ordination for pastors. Elders are not ordained, but appointed to assist pastors with the administrative of the local congregations. This research had concluded that the practice of life-time ordination of elders is not beneficial for the wellbeing of the Zou Lutheran Church and should be carefully replaced with a more biblical polity.

Parish Ministry and Leadership How prepared are Church of Scotland Parish Ministers for the leadership role that the General Assembly expects them to play?

Author
Neil J Dougall
Abstract
At the heart of the research was an on-line survey of all Church of Scotland (Presbyterian) Parish Ministers, which produced statistically significant data. 96% of ministers said that offering leadership was a significant aspect of their ministry, a much higher figure than the author anticipated. 60% had experienced 'toxic' leadership, which helps explain some of the ambivalence around leadership in the church. The author concludes that the conversation should not simply be about leadership but about the kind of leadership the church needs, and suggests that it should be servant-like, adaptive, collaborative, facilitative and enabling.

How to Build a Healthy Church

Author
Peter P Jeng
Abstract
It was assumed that by combining the Church Survey of Natural Church Development and Beeson Church Health Questionnaire together, the evaluation of church health status could be more effective and objective. The purpose of this research is to validate this assumption. A medium/small Chinese Christian Church in North America was chosen to conduct this research. Besides these two tools, one on one interviews were also conducted with some key leaders of that church. It was found that the evaluating results from both tools and the interviews agreed with each other and the assumption of this research is also validated.

Rethinking leadership model of Protestant churches in Wenzhou (1867-2015)

Author
Shengli Pan
Abstract
The focus of this dissertation is the leadership model. From 1867 to 1952, missionaries provided leadership to Wenzhou churches in the form of pastoral leadership to individual congregations. By contrast, contemporary churches of Wenzhou have been adhering to a system of patriarchal administration over a number of congregations, including the assignment of volunteer lay-preachers who are not expected to carry out any pastoral duties. This model of church leadership is found to have many problems that hindered the development of churches. The purpose of this dissertation is to explore how to build up pastoral leadership in Wenzhou. The emphasis of pastoral leadership is for pastors to lead and nurture churches. Through their leadership, preaching, pastoral care, visitation, teaching, counseling, discipleship training, evangelism, etc., they enable their flocks to grow spiritually. Since churches in Wenzhou are unique in their geography and history, it is impracticable to import entirely western modes of pastoral leadership into Wenzhou. The author has to integrate these two so as to produce contextualized modes of pastoral leadership suitable for the future development of Wenzhou churches.

Development and Delivery of a Course on Selected Management Principles and Practices for Pastors in Canadian Chinese Alliance Churches

Author
Wesley C Wong
Abstract
Using an action research approach, a course on essential management principles and practices was developed, and then field tested by some Christian and Missionary Alliance pastors. They participated in the 4-month course and provided valuable feedback to improve the content, format, and delivery of the course so it would be useful to other pastors. The participants' management capabilities were appraised throughout the course. After the course, the assessment indicated an upward trajectory in their management skills. The pastors' feedback via a post-course evaluation affirmed their need to learn about management and develop skills to augment their ministry body of knowledge.

AN EXAMINATION OF DALLAS THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY DOCTORATE OF MINISTRY PASTORAL LEADERSHIP COURSES THAT TEACH PASTORS HOW TO LEAD AND MANAGE A LOCAL CHURCH

Author
Jason R Wiesepape
Abstract
One of the challenges of local churches in North America is the lack of sufficient training for pastors to lead and manage a local church. This research project addressed this deficiency. This research project examined two separate Dallas Theological Seminary Doctorate of Ministry pastoral leadership courses. The research method included a combination of questionnaires, interviews, and review of pertinent course materials. The courses chosen for this research were DM550 Effective Church Leadership (DM550) and DM521 Church Health, Leadership, and Multiplication (DM521). These two church pastoral leadership development courses currently and previously taught in the Doctorate of Ministry program at Dallas Theological Seminary were examined in order to identify the essential elements of a senior level strategic leadership development course that teaches church pastors how to lead and manage a local church. This project explored the essential elements of senior level strategic leadership to create a program to develop church pastors to lead and manage a local church. The essential elements included development and evaluation of a church's mission, vision and values, analysis and evaluation of a church's strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, development of a strategic plan for implementing change, and developing a strategic plan for developing leaders. The results of this evaluation not only impact the ministry of the researcher, but also that of other churches, seminaries and pastoral development organizations.

Developing a strategy to enhance church health for Rocky Point Baptist Church, Carthage, Mississippi

Author
Michael Shane McGivney
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop a strategy to enhance church health at Rocky Point Baptist Church, Carthage, Mississippi. The project director conducted an analysis of the church health at Rocky Point Baptist Church using the Transformational Church Assessment Tool. The project director enlisted experts to ensure both analysis and project quality. The project director increased his knowledge in the area of church health and increased his skill in strategy planning. He selected and developed a strategic planting team to aid in this process. The project director presented the church health strategy to the congregation of Rocky Point Baptist Church for approval.
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