Church administration is spiritual service to the Body of Christ which involves the wise stewardship of God’s resources for the accomplishment of the work of ministry. Church administration or management has to do with the organization of church ministry, and with the operations that govern that organization. Administration is not an end in itself, but rather it is a means for serving people effectively, while making efficient use of resources in a manner that glorifies God.
With regard to organization, we believe that the affairs of the church are to be guided by biblically qualified elders who are nominated by the congregation, approved by the Board of Elders, and affirmed by the congregation. The elders work within the directions of the church constitution, and of any bylaws the church adopts. We believe that the church constitution and bylaws are subject to the authority of the Scriptures. The elders are to be assisted in their service to the congregation by biblically qualified deacons who are nominated by the congregation, approved by the Board of Elders, and affirmed by the congregation. The elders are responsible to oversee all aspects of the church’s ministry, including the service of administration. The Board of Elders must be informed and involved in important decisions, but the daily management of church finances, facilities, equipment and ministry programs can, and most often should, be delegated to deacons, administrative office staff, and other faithful church members. In this way, the elders are able to devote themselves to the ministry of the Word and prayer, and church members are able to serve the Body of Christ in accordance with their spiritual gifts.
With regard to operations, we believe that the management of church affairs should ultimately benefit people and glorify God. Moreover, we believe these management goals are served by having biblically consistent policies and procedures in writing and available for reference. Policies and procedures that give direction and definition to the ‘how’ of ministry are desirable for the following reasons:
- they help insure that matters are handled effectively; that is, with the goals of biblical ministry clearly in view;
- they reduce the possibility of mismanagement and unethical behavior, particularly in matters pertaining to employees and finances;
- they save time in the decision-making process, thus enabling the ministry to function more efficiently;
- they help to clarify expectations, and enable people to work together in ministry with greater understanding.
We believe that those who manage ministry are given a significant trust. God is honored and believers are encouraged when church affairs are administered well. Therefore, church administrators should be spiritually mature, and able to work well with others. Also, they should be able to plan, organize, delegate, oversee and evaluate ministry wisely according to biblical principles and goals.