MinAdminFinalExamStudyGuide

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1 Ministry and Admin Skills Final Exam Study Guide Fall 2015 1. Be able to give a biblical rationale for why management is an important function of leadership, including scriptural support. Moses as a leader [Exodus 3-4] “Management” is simply another word for “stewardship.” Such people are responsible over something entrusted to them by someone else. Accordingly, management is the process of accomplishing God’s purposes and plans through proper use of human, material and spiritual resources. Management is then gauged by whether or not these plans and purposes are accomplished. Isaiah 53:6 states that “We all went astray like sheep; we all have turned to our own way…” This imagery of sheep and shepherds has been used often by the writers of Scripture to convey the relationship between humanity and Christ or a congregation of believers and its oversight [pastor]. The echoing end of this is found in 1 Peter 5:1-4: “…I exhort the elders among you: shepherd God’s flock among you, not overseeing out of compulsion but freely, according to God’s will; not for the money but eagerly; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.” This concept is imperative to grasp as it relays the ideal of stewardship and responsibility as fused within management and leadership. 2. Be able to explain what strategic planning is about, including specifics such as mission, vision, goals, strategic initiatives, SWOT analysis, etc. Strategic planning involves drawing upon the organization’s mission [and/or vision] to expand that organizations distinctive goals [with corresponding, specific objectives], each engaged by a supplementary scale of strategic initiatives to bring clarity to that unique goals direction along with gauges [or timetables] to measure milestones by. A SWOT analysis may accompany the strategic planning formation by illuminated varying angles of perspective concerning internal and external criterion. 3. Be able to explain why budgeting is a necessary function of church management, what the basic components of a budget are, and how a budget should support the strategic plan of a church or ministry. Budgeting plays into the aspect of stewardship within the ministry’s administration. Not only are ministry administrators responsible for stewarding the lives of their constituents, but also that of their finances. Depending on the operation, this could range from donations to tithes and offerings which would present a unique item of income for that ministry. This should be balanced amongst the necessary expenditures of the organization while holding its allocations to meet the strategic initiatives of the ministry. In essence, the organization should build its budget in relationship to the unique goals to be accomplished within specified timelines of the strategic ministry plan.
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