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Church Administration: Creating Efficiency for Effective Ministry Hardcover – March 1, 2005

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Robert H. Welch is dean of the School of Educational Ministries, associate dean for Ph.D. in Educational Ministries, and professor of administration at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He received a B.S. from East Tennessee State University, MS from the Naval Postgraduate School and a Ph.D. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He in the Fort Worth, Texas area.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: B&H Academic; 1st edition (March 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805431640
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805431643
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #543,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pastors spend a significant part of most work weeks involved in administration, yet often receive little or no training for it as part of their seminary studies. Welch finds that only 21 of 148 Protestant institutions accredited by the Association of Theological Schools or the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools required students to take a course in church administration. When the group is considered as a whole, the average seminary graduate "will only spend slightly more than 1 percent (1.351 percent) of their total academic course preparation in study for the administrative or leadership responsibilities of the church" (ix).

Church Administration: Creating Efficiency for Effective Ministry is an introductory text originally published in 2005 and updated in 2011 for its second edition. For pastors who never received any education in church administration and do not have a background in business administration, the text is a helpful starting point. Likewise, it is well designed for use as a textbook at the seminary or undergraduate level, including questions at the end of each chapter. Readers will find abbreviated historical sketches of varying models alongside theologically conservative use of Scripture. For all readers, it serves best as a reference guide since it offers a how to or step-by-step approach to many matters with which a pastor or other church leader may have limited familiarity.

While I have not read the first edition, I find the second edition is lacking in substantive updates for the challenges of church administration in the second decade of the twenty-first century.
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Dr. Welch has done a great job of providing a sound overview on the principles of church administration. After having read the book, I would strongly recommend it as a textbook for pastors and church administrators attending or having completed seminary. Be advised, this isn't light reading, but is a must read for church leaders who seek to purposefully and excellently fulfil their biblical purpose.
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I was recently asked to develop a new class on church administration for a growing Christian college. Since this is my first time to teach the subject, I contacted my previous church administration professor from my alma mater. This is the book he recommended. Since it is a very thorough book, some will find it overly detailed. Nonetheless,this book answers many questions in terms of procedures that many related books won't even touch. It covers literally every aspect of Church administration and leaves nothing to the imagination. Even though it is written from a Southern Baptist perspective, it is easily adaptable to any denomination. Its only weaknesses is that for someone new to the area of administration, this may seem overwhelming as a first text. Nonetheless, I will be taking a calculated risk and will use it with my summer students a month from now. In short, this is a manual that has been regularly updated and needs to be on every minister's bookshelf.
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I purchased this book for a college class, and I have enjoyed reading it greatly. It is loaded with practical and theorectical information, and yet is easy to read and comprehend. I recommend this book for anyone looking for information on church adminstration.
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I was given another book to use as the main text; however, the information contained in Church Administration far out-weighs that of the text assigned! The focus is on ANY church, black or white. Although some black congregations differ in structure, the focus in Church Administration is still of great use.
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By Michael Burns on September 12, 2013
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the best book i've read on church administration. A must read for any ministry leader. Doesn't matter if you're in youth ministry or a senior pastor!
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I had to read it for my seminary class and it was good reading. A good resource for churches. It came in the time alloted
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My husband had to read this for his seminary class, and it is definitely one we will keep for future reference.
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