Church Administration Resources -- By: Mary Ellen Drushal

Journal: Ashland Theological Journal
Volume: ATJ 23:0 (NA 1991)
Article: Church Administration Resources
Author: Mary Ellen Drushal


Church Administration Resources

Mary Ellen Drushal

Dr. Drushal is associate professor of Christian Education and Church Administration and the dean at ATS.

An Annotated Bibliography

Frequently, professors are asked to provide a list of books currently being read in their teaching discipline. The following texts from secular and Christian authors warrant the attention of leaders and managers in the local church:

Henri J.M. Nouwen, In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership, New York: Crossroad, 1989

Nouwen reminds us that we do not need a new model for ministry in the church, but rather to implement the model Jesus gave us! The leader, no matter the rank of power or prestige achieved, still plays “second fiddle” to God in matters of influence. “It seems easier to be God than to love God, easier to control people than to love people, easier to own life than to love life” (p. 59).

This is a tiny text of a mere 81 pages but it is one I plan to read every year!

Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, New York: Simon and Schuster, 1989

The quality of the interpersonal, private life of leaders is reflected through their influence in achieving public victories. Habits that can make leaders effective are acquired through self-discipline and involve knowledge or information, skill, and desire or motivation.

Covey highlights the need to write a personal mission statement to help leaders envision what they aspire to be and to do. This cognitive task necessitates some reflective time, seeking God’s guidance for life decisions and directions.

This book has been highly acclaimed and is worthy to be read for self-assessment of effectiveness in leadership.

Kenneth O. Gangel, Feeding & Leading: A Practical Handbook on Administration in Churches and Christian Organizations, Wheaton, Ill.: Victor Books, 1989

Jesus equipped the disciples (lay people with the exception of one) to do the work of ministry in the early church. These trained disciples reproduced themselves time and again into future generations of leaders. That is the biblical

model of leadership that needs to he implemented today.

Gangel values and respects the abilities of the laity and instructs leaders in ways to unleash their potential. The priesthood of believers is a phrase that implies equal access to ministry whether a person is of clergy or lay status in the church. This text gives very practical and biblical methods and mea...

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