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January 27, 2008

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My take is that this is needed by someone in leadership, though the way our church has done it is through having an elder with the MBA. That way the pastor can focus on his gifts and the elders can take care of the rest for him.

We are to be good stewards of the money that God has entrusted in our care to be used for the greatest good, so it makes sense to have someone trained in the handling of money. One wouldn't have a pastor that wasn't trained in the Word of God (hopefully), which is another part of the church.

I'll leave with a verse: "The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching." 1 Tim 5:17

Running a church isn't something they teach you in seminary. I know, I been and got the t-shirt. Seminary training is valuable but it isn't comprehensive. And as we are seeing here at our church, the more it grows, the more complexity grows. Some of the best help we get has been leveraging leaders in our church who are in the marketplace to help us with developing best practices. We have a human resources director, who has been helping us with how to hire, policies and compensation. We have CPA and CFO who are helping us with our finances and all the complexity of church finances, budget and accounting.

We have an Office Manager, (more than just a church secretary) who is helping us with Communication, facilities management, and procedures/policies.

I am so glad, as a pastor, that there are skilled individuals who lend their expertise, time and talents to the work of the church. Without them we would be up the creek without a paddle.

Our pastor just received his MBA from DBU and I think it's great. I'll be the first to admit that I don't know anything about the program, but I like that he has the opportunity to keep learning and is bringing more knowledge into our church. I'm glad that it is from a church standpoint and not just and MBA from a secular university. I agree with the PP- there are MANY skill sets necessary to run a church. Our main pastor can't be everything, and there are many other people in charge of other aspects of church life. Our pastor's main focus to teach/preach & be a leader to guide the rest of our church.

I think it is an excellent idea for pastors of modern large churches to continue their education and get MBA's. Most of these large churches find their inspiration from business in handling the daily matters. The senior or executive pastor is designated to handle these daily matters, and so they should know how the best businesses are running today.
Maybe it isn't necessary to get the MBA, but it should be encouraged for these pastors to continue their learning in these matters.

I think it's a great idea. If not an MBA, then at least some kind of business training / ongoing learning program. With our church, I've noticed countless examples over the years of poor "management". The problem is that our clergy tends to rely on the Vestry to do all the "business-y" things, but day-to-day management falls by the wayside.

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