Church Administration – PRTH 140

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 02/10/2022

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.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


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 administration in ministry.
  2. Develop a personal theology for administration in ministry.
  3. Create a plan for administration in ministry based on a specific ministry context.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of administration in ministry. 

Course Assignment

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the syllabus and Student Expectations. Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (3)

There will be 3 Discussions throughout this course. The student is required to post a thread in response to the provided prompt for each Discussion. 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. (MLO: A, B)

Controversy in Ministry Assignments (2)

The student will write two 1–2-page papers about each of the assigned topics. (MLO: B)

Research Paper Assignment

The student will complete a 4–6-page Research Paper in this course. A separate title page and bibliography must be included, and the student will use current Turabian formatting. A minimum of 5 sources must be cited. (MLO: C)

Interviews Assignment

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. (MLO: A, B)

Quizzes (3)

The student will complete 3 quizzes in this course. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes and contain true/false and multiple-choice questions. The student will have 1 hour to complete quizzes 1 and 2, and will have 1 hour and 20 minutes to complete the final quiz. The final quiz will include an essay question. (MLO: D)