Church Administration for leadership and Management (CALM): A Synopsis of Workshop Material -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Ashland Theological Journal
Volume: ATJ 21:0 (NA 1989)
Article: Church Administration for leadership and Management (CALM): A Synopsis of Workshop Material
Author: Anonymous


Church Administration for leadership and Management
(CALM): A Synopsis of Workshop Material

In the academic year 1988–89, a pilot study was conducted among Brethren pastors. Upon completion of the denominational pilot program CALM was revised and offered as a continuing education option to any interested pastors and church leaders. The purpose of this pilot study was to assist pastors in self-awareness in multiple areas (leadership style, learning style, psychological type, and approach to conflict resolution). Information in these areas could assist pastors in being more effective in their leadership roles within the church.

To the extent that pastors understand their strengths and weaknesses they gain an awareness that will make them more sensitive to the differences that exist among people who serve on volunteer committees, the heartbeat of the church structure. Leading these committees effectively is one of the measures of successful ministry within the local church.

Participants in the pilot study were solicited from among all Brethren pastors. Of the 120 currently serving in the denomination, 89 (or 74 percent) of them chose to participate in this study. Those who completed all facets of the program totaled 82. In the second administration of CALM open to all denominations, 84 people participated.

Inventories were utilized to assist the pastors in their exercises in self-awareness. Completed inventories were returned to the seminary for scoring. The participants agreed to attend regional workshops where their scores were interpreted. DePree (1987:54) states that “three of the key elements in the art of working together are how to deal with change, how to deal with conflict, and how to reach our potential”. Therefore, instruction was included in the workshop sessions giving information in three areas: reaching one’s potential in Christ, resolving conflict, and managing change. A schematic design for CALM appears in Figure 1 below.

Reaching One’s Potential

Figure 1. CALM Workshops

Highlights from these sessions are included below and each is written by the faculty person involved with their presentation in the CALM project.


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