- Brian Dodridge
A seminary degree is not an MBA. There are no accounting classes in seminary. Most ministers don’t dream about the process of hiring people or look forward to the annual performance reviews. Policies and procedures elicit a gag reflex, and the budgeting process is loathsome. In fact, many ministers on church staffs view all these management duties as interferences to what they really want to do…make disciples through the local church. Yet, in many churches, ministers end up becoming managers. They don’t view or describe themselves this way, and often won’t even admit to being one (if anything they prefer “leaders” but I’m talking about a different role than leader). But in churches with multiple ministers on staff, usually their managers are also card-carrying Ministers of the Gospel. So how does a church effectively manage itself when the majority of its managers aren’t trained for or are even averse to managing? Let’s deal with that issue from two perspectives:
- How do you help reluctant minister-managers embrace their management roles?
- How do reluctant minister-managers push through the management work so they can effectively do the ministry work?