Church Administration – PRTH 140

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course combines pastoral theology and “how to” principles in all the work of Christian ministry including the administration of local church business affairs and other operations. Church planting recommendations are included.




This course will help the student to function effectively as a team member with both lay and professional church workers. The student will develop competency in management and church administration skills and also become better equipped to assist in areas of staff and personnel, budget and finance, and buildings and public relations.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Design a practical strategy for the role of pastoral leadership in a church.
  2. Assemble a plan and/or an agenda for a staff, committee, and church meeting.
  3. Identify the important aspects of preparing a church budget.
  4. Design a plan to evaluate the role of a church in its community.

Course Assignment

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the syllabus and Student Expectations. Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (3)

There will be 3 Discussion Board Forums throughout this course. The student is required to post a thread in response to the provided prompt for each Discussion Board Forum. Each thread is to be at least 200 words in length and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply should be at least 100 words.

Controversy in Ministry Papers (2)

The student will choose 2 of the approved topics from the provided list, and write a 1–2-page paper about each of the chosen topics.

Interview Paper

The student will write a 3–5-page paper in Turabian format. An interview with a minister and a manager will be conducted. The student will compare and contrast the different administration styles.

Research Paper

The student will write a 6–8-page research paper in Turabian format based on a provided topic.

Exams (3)

The student will complete 3 exams in this course. Each exam will be open-book/open-notes and contain true/false and multiple-choice questions. The student will have 1 hour to complete Exams 1 and 2, and will have 1 hour and 20 minutes to complete the final exam.