Certificate in Church Administration • Powering Greater Good • Maintaining Moral Integrity: Management Roundup
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Certificate in Church Administration • Powering Greater Good • Maintaining Moral Integrity: Management Roundup

1. Elevate your knowledge and skills in church administration. This fall, North Park University School of Business and Nonprofit Management will offer a seven-week online graduate course in collaboration with Christianity Today's Church Law & Tax Team. The two-credit course will provide an overview of the fundamentals of church administration, including servant leadership, volunteer management, finances, strategic planning, and legal and tax issues. Richard R. Hammar and Michael E. Batts, editorial advisors from Christianity Today's Church Tax & Law Team, will serve as guest instructors.

Students will receive graduate-level credit upon successful completion of the course, which may be used as part of a degree program. Students who go on to successfully complete four other online courses also can earn a certificate in church administration. Readers of Christianity Today's Church Law & Tax Team are eligible for a 35 percent tuition reduction for this program and can learn more about how to register at this link.

2. Taming power produces greater good. "By tempering power, those who hold it can exert it for the benefit of those who are without it, which goes directly to the heart of trusting followers to exercise their own authority. Relinquishing or taming power sends a signal that the leader is confident in his position and understands that he must give power away if he is going to achieve results for the organization. Stewardship of followers dictates leaders release power and enable people, unleashing their influence for good in the lives of those under their care" ("Steward Leaders Temper Power," by Howard Rich, blog.christianleadershipalliance.org).

3. Commandments for maintaining moral integrity. "I established the Saddleback Staff Standards for maintaining moral integrity: 8. Thou shalt be careful in answering emails, instant messages, chatrooms, cards, or letters from the opposite sex" ("10 Commandments to Help Church Staff Maintain Moral Integrity," by Rick Warren, Pastors.com).

4. Providing quick feedback that builds up. "Many managers don't give effective feedback because they're simply pressed for time. Here is one way to make this easier: Create a standard way in. Reduce the time you spend mulling over each conversation by establishing a simple, routinized way to open feedback discussions. 'I'm going to give you some feedback' or 'Are you open to my coaching on this?' gets immediate attention and sets the right tone" ("Giving Effective Feedback When You're Short on Time" by Daisy Wademan Dowling, hbr.org).

5. Notable quote. "Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; but blessed is he who keeps the law." –Proverbs 29:18

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