P.A.R.T.S. - Administration

This broad category includes everything that happens behind the scenes. From developing a vision, to paying the bills, to running a staff, managing conflict and much more.

6 things to think about:

  1. Project: There are so many aspects of administration in church work. As a group, fill up a news print with as many specific kinds of administration as you can think of. Then, let each person circle three items they feel more comfortable with, and three items they feel less comfortable with. Tackle the items that receive the most attention.

  2. Case study: View this YouTube video.
    Chuck, from “Chuck Knows Church” is part of a great follow up series called “The Committee.” In this episode, Chuck and the members of the committee question the purpose and point of meeting at all. Discuss:
    1. Which person around the table are you most like?
    2. There is no pastor present. As a pastor, how would you contribute?
    3. Share highs and lows from committees you’ve been part of.
    4. What are healthy ways to manage anxiety in a group setting?
    5. How do you institute change in a committee structure?

  3. Information: Information: Richard Hill has written a helpful article about financial responsibility in the church. Discuss:
    1. What areas are lacking in your church?
    2. How are you with money? Do you have adequate help?
    3. Talk about how you set your budget/run stewardship/reimburse, etc.

  4. Resource: www.greatplainsumc.org/classifieds is an important website for any church looking to hire staff. Spend some time familiarizing yourself with the site. As a group, discuss a healthy process for hiring staff. Read some guidelines from the Book of Discipline.

  5. Prayer:  View the prayer below on Beliefnet.com. Pray together. Good discussion can follow.

Workplace Prayer
by Beliefnet member fowiso

My Heavenly father, as I enter this workplace I bring your presence with me. I speak your peace, your grace, your mercy, and your perfect order in this office. I acknowledge your power over all that will be spoken, thought, decided, and done within these walls.

Lord, I thank you for the gifts you have blessed me with. I commit to using them responsibly in your honor. Give me a fresh supply of strength to do my job. Anoint my projects, ideas, and energy so that even my smallest accomplishment may bring you glory.

Lord, when I am confused guide me. When I am burned out infuse me with the light of the Holy Spirit. May the work that I do and the way I do it bring faith, joy, and a smile to all that I come in contact with today.

  1. Study: Obtain several copies of the United Methodist Book of Discipline and as a group explore administrative-related areas. What types of information does it cover?

Other resources:

  1. Five conversations of pastoral authority