For the past number of years I have been working with churches and coaching pastors, attempting to help them establish better management practices. What I found, over and over again was the fact that ministers have been trained to be theologically competent, and be able to navigate the scriptures and craft understandable sermons. But when it comes to managing people these otherwise very competent ministers did not have a clue as to what to do. Seminary had not prepared them. Seminars and workshops had been spotty at best (if secular presentations, these workshops didn’t understand the complexities of the church organizational world).
So here these ministers were, lost and alone, attempting to navigate the very tricky church world waters without a compass or a chart.
The Church World: A very complicated organizational picture.
I have consulted with many types of organizations: government agencies, private non-profits, construction companies, high tech firms, large corporations. I am convinced that the church offers one of the most confusing, if not the most confusing, organizational structure. How can we navigate this structural challenge? [Read more…]