In a cultural context where the church is struggling to survive amid other competing organizations and commitments, what do pastoral leaders need to change the tide? A new leadership paradigm that equips ministers to serve as chief executives for making disciples for Christ.
Father-and-son coauthors, Vincent Howell, MDiv, DMin, and Vincent Howell Jr., MBA, offer this quick-book styled resource, designed to introduce ministers to “Pastoral MBA Competencies”the practical knowledge of leadership and management skills that will benefit those serving today’s congregations and other ministry settings. Highlighting topics that are addressed in a master’s level program in business administration, this accessible resource also provides wisdom from clergy who have already completed the MBA. Chapters include:
Human Resource Management
Church leaders often want to believe that a church isnt a business and so we shouldnt try to implement business practices in the church. However, in many aspects of leading a church, business principles provide practical and helpful guidance. Using data, making decisions, determining strategy, working with facilities, and managing finances are among the skills that a pastoral leader needs. The Howells use their learnings from the MBA and the practice of ministry to enable pastors to develop strong leadership and management skills. This book is a must-read for church leaders! Rev. Kimberly T. Ingram, Director of Ministerial Services and Conference Secretary, Western North Carolina Conference, The United Methodist Church
This work is a beautiful marriage of the tools of business management with the theological responsibility of the pastoral office. If pastors and lay leaders are serious about upgrading congregational effectiveness and efficiency, this is a must read. James McCarroll, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Murfreesboro, TN
Vincent W. Howell, MA, DMin, is pastor of the Centenary United Methodist Churches in Clemmons, NC. During his ministry, his leadership has focused on training clergy and laity on applying project management in the church to achieve effective project implementation, as well as to better utilize the limited resources within the local church. Vincent writes on issues of leadership and local church history.
Vincent W. Howell Jr., MBA, and is an active lay member of the First Baptist Church, Murfreesboro, TN. He has a B.S. in Computer Science from Tennessee State University, MBA in Project Management from Strayer University. Vincent has held a variety of IT positions and is currently a Senior IT Business Analyst. Over the years, he has participated local church audio visual ministries, website development, and transportation ministries. When not participating in various ministries at his church, Vincent and his wife are raising their two young children.
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