... a wealth of information on parish administration... -- The Living Church
... valuable resource... an essential tool for any clergyperson; everyone should have a copy in their library! -- Rev. Jennifer Lower, Associate Pastor, First United Methodist Church, Tempe, AZ
... very helpful book for the new pastor or the veteran... I recommend this book to anyone with administrative responsibilities... -- The Reverend Nancy S. Cushman, Central United Methodist Church, Phoenix, AZ
... very rich reference volume... will quickly become one of the most widely used resources among leaders in local churches. -- Bishop Roy I. Sano
... very valuable resource... I regularly refer to it ... stands head and shoulders above all others in administration and finance. -- J. T. Greenleaf, Pastor, Ramona United Methodist Church
... wish I had this book twenty-three years ago... would have relieved my wardens and me a lot of stress! -- The Rev. George E. Councell, Rector, The Church of the Holy Spirit, IL
I keep it within arms length... so clear and accessible that I use it...to teach... committees. -- Rev. Galen Goben, Pastor of the First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, Burbank, California
If you intentionally seek distractions when it comes time to begin the budget process, this book is for you. -- Greg Asimakoupoulos, reviewing for Your Church Magazine
From the Back Cover
Pastors generally feel equipped to deal with biblical studies, theological questions, preaching responsibilities, and pastoral care. But when it comes to budgets, insurance, fire safety, and church management many find themselves at a loss. Often lay leaders within the congregation flounder with these tasks as well. Here, finally, is the ultimate reference guide for the practical management of the parish.
Originally created as a sourcebook for the authors' week-long course on church management and administration at the Claremont School of Theology, the manual in draft version has been field-tested by hundreds of pastors and lay leaders. Not simply a theoretical resource, the Manual provides suggestions for almost every aspect of parish administration: position descriptions, various financial forms, materials for stewardship and Christian education, building use and safety issues, employee record keeping, and much more. Whether pastors are just out of seminary or well-seasoned in parish life, the Manual is full of excellent guidelines, tools, and forms for improving the management of the parish.
Otto F. Crumroy, Jr., serves as an independent financial management consultant to churches and teaches church administration and finance. He served as director of a 65-member audit group for the Army and Air Force Exchange service, a $10 billion retailed.
Stan Kukawka is president of a management consulting company and has 25 years of management experience with two world-renowned electronics companies.
Dr. Frank M. Witman is a United Methodist pastor. In his last two pastorates, he was involved in the building of new sanctuaries and the raising of more than $2.5 million for debt elimination.