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Church Administration, Finance, and Law (2 ECTS)


This course is an introductory study of many of the principles, procedures, and techniques used in today’s business world as they apply to the local church and its leadership. Pastors, church business administrators, ministry students, and other church leaders will find the problem-solving approach to these subjects of practical value. The course first introduces the student to the organizing and staffing functions of the church that enable it to do business effectively. The student is then shown practical methods of raising money for the church’s expenses, or financing the church for business. Other emphases include the importance of keeping good records and ideas on better management of the church’s money, facilities, and equipment. Further, the course provides the student with a practical understanding of the law in order to recognize and resolve legal questions confronting pastors and churches today. It purposes to equip the student in bringing all aspects of personal and public religious life into full compliance with governing authority as expressed in the law.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to: 1. Locate and interpret Scripture passages that form a biblical basis for good management of the local church; the giving of tithes and offerings; and the stewardship of the church’s money, facilities, and resources. 2. Identify the roles and responsibilities of the pastor, board, and officers for the financial management of the local church. 3. Define the basic terms, principles, and operating procedures associated with church business management. 4. Establish a set of recognized procedures for conducting church business in a professional, responsible manner. 5. Choose to demonstrate a positive attitude toward the use of business tools and techniques in the work of the church. 6. Implement business management ideas, procedures, and techniques to improve the effectiveness of the local church’s business operations. 7. Recount and explain many of the substantive legal principles that apply to churches and clergy. 8. Identify circumstances that require professional legal counsel. 9. Explain why many pastoral decisions must be made in light of their legal consequences. 10. Describe the more common forms of church and clergy legal liability. 11. Explain the legal rights and responsibilities of the clergy. 12. Identify and describe several risk management principles and strategies to help churches and clergy lower their risk of liability. 13. Apply skills in and knowledge of church administration in preparation for a leadership position that involves greater competence and responsibility.

Mode of Study

Lecture Video Student interaction Hands on


50 objective multiple choice questions Online or pencil and paper Passmark 70%




MQF Level 5 Qualification

60 ECTS Credits

Ministerial Studies Program

Certified Minister Level 1

20 ECTS Credits

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