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Overview Contributors represent a diverse denominational cross section and include Dennis Williams, Gary Bredfelt, Gordon Coulter, Michael J. Anthony, James Estep, Jr., Jane Carr, Mark Henze, Mark Simpson, Michelle Anthony, Richard Leyda, and Tony Buchanaan.
Publishers Description "Management Essentials for Christian Ministries "is a thorough examination of management principles for Christian ministries including churches, denominations, and parachurch organizations. Contributors represent a diverse denominational cross section.Study of management principles is required coursework for seminary students today. "Management Essentials for Christian Ministries "represents a thorough treatment of all issues regarding church administration and functions and provides a theological grounding for organizational approaches to church management.
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Studio: B&H Academic
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.32" Width: 6.38" Height: 1.33" Weight: 1.85 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2005
Publisher Broadman And Holman
ISBN 0805431233 ISBN13 9780805431230
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More About Michael J. Anthony & James Estep
Michael J. Anthony (Ph.D., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Claremont Graduate School) is professor of Christian education at Talbot School of Theology. His works include the Evangelical Dictionary of Christian Education, Foundations of Ministry: An Introduction to Christian Education for a New Generation, The Effective Church Board, and The Short-Term Missions Boom.
Michael J. Anthony currently resides in Irvine, in the state of California.
Reviews - What do customers think about Management Essentials For Christian Ministries?
Attempting a Biblical Theology of Administration Feb 6, 2007
There are two problems with most Church Administration books: 1) As soon as they get specific with business practice they become irrelevant for those who live in a different business or legal climate (i.e. all those outside of the USA); 2) They often try to justify every single administrative or business practice undertaken by the Church with a biblical example. This leads to horrendous 'proof-texting' and shaky theology.
Unfortunately, this book succumbs to both of these issues. Proofs texts are often utilised which more often than not are subjected to an eisogetic allegorical hermeneutic. With this flawed hermeneutic God's great act of intervention and deliverance in the exodus of Israel from Egypt is reduced to an example of business planning (pg 15), the Holy Spirit is a supervisor in the divine 'reporting system' (p29), and the prophets are feedback agents (p29). The frequent misuse of passages referring to the 'administration' of grace or spiritual gifts (1 Pet. 4:10; Eph. 3:2, 9 [as though these verses were 'really' about business administration]) demonstrates a suprising lack of linguistic and hermeneutical ability on the part of the authors.
In this reviewer's opinion, it seems that books such as this would be served better by building their adminstrative practices on a simple basis of stewardship rather than trying to force the Bible to mandate every single contemporary business practice. The writers should stick with their gifts (administration) and leave the biblical scholarship to someone more qualified.
However, once one skims over these painful sections and gets to what the book is really supposed to be about (administration and not biblical theology) it is fairly solid. My main criticism is that it is a little too focused on the specifics of the American church.
Management Essentials...a huge help for me. Sep 9, 2005
I was specifically looking for a book that would help me organize the plans I had for the new Dance Ministry I started at my church. I wanted a book that understood how the unique business of a church runs and would help me organize and present my ideas to my pastor. This book is more than perfect. It seems to be written for people just like me. I recommend it for anyone starting a new ministry, or just looking for a way to organize or maintain an existing ministry.
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