Pastoral Planning and Church Management



The Church Unconscious: Discerning the Hidden Motives and Expectations of Congregations

Faculty: David B. Couturier, OFM. Cap. (Profile)

Pastoral planning often struggles or fails because congregational leaders fail to assess and work through the “non-rational” side of religious institutions. This course will introduce students to the field of socio-analysis, the discipline of organizational development that studies the unconscious processes, hidden conflicts, irrational behavior, and defenses against anxiety that trouble all institutions, including religious ones. 

Readings Requirements:
  • David B. Couturier, “When Religious Leadership Fails: The Psychology of Administrative Scandals,” Human Development 28:1 (Spring 2007), 5-11
  • David B. Couturier, “Structural Conversion,” in The Four Conversions: A Spirituality of Transformation (South Bend, IN: The Victoria Press, 2008), 165-185. (the text will be sent to the student electronically)
  • Ken Eisold, What You Don’t Know You Know: Our Hidden Motives in Life, Business and Everything Else (New York: Other Press, 2009)
  • Israel Gallindo, The Hidden Lives of Congregations: Discerning Church Dynamics (Herndon, VA: The Alban Institute, 2004)
Supplemental (Non-Required) Reading: These readings are not required for this course, but are provided for the students who wish to dig further into the topics at hand.
  • Manfred F.R. Kets de Vries, Struggling with the Demons: Perspectives on Individual and Organizational Irrationality (Madison, CT: Psychosocial Press, 2001)
  • Yannis Gabriel, Organizations in Depth (London: Sage Press, 2004)

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Financial Decision-Making and Risk Management

Faculty: David B. Couturier, OFM. Cap. (Profile)

Course Description:  This course provides an introduction to financial management and fiscal decision-making in parishes today. The areas of study include an introduction to the administration of church financial resources, the work of finance advisory councils or boards, the steps in a budget process, internal controls and financial reporting requirements. Examples of church manuals of tested financial management procedures will illustrate best practices in sound financial decision-making.

Texts of the Course:

  • Paul A. Holmes, A Pastor’s Toolbox: Management Skills for Parish Leadership (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2014;
  • Robert H. Welch, Church Administration: Creating Efficiency for Effective Ministry (Nashville, TN: Broadman and Holman, 2005);
  • Archdiocese of St. Louis, Financial Management and Control Manual. Accessed on-line at: http://archstl.org/finance/page/financial-management-and-control-manual-parishes.

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Fundamentals of Pastoral Administration

Faculty: David B. Couturier, OFM. Cap. (Profile)

Course Description:  This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of administration and management in pastoral organizations, with special attention to the pastoral dynamics of modern parishes. Students will come to a basic understanding of the principles of organizational development and change, identifying key issues and tasks related to the various systems that make up a modern pastoral organization. This course will introduce students to four inter-related administrative tasks: how to manage congregational systems, personnel, finances, and facilities.

 
Course Texts: 
  • Bruce C. Powers, Church Administration Handbook (Nashville, TN: Broadman and Holman, 1997).
  • Robert Welch, Church Administration: Creating Efficiency for Effective Ministry (Nashville, NT: Broadman and Holman, 2005).
  • Paul A. Holmes, A Pastor’s Toolbox: Management Skills for Parish Leadership (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2014);
  • John W. Wimberley, Jr. The Business of the  Church  (Herndon, VA: The Alban Institute, 2010).

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Fundamentals of Strategic Pastoral Planning

Faculty: David B. Couturier, OFM. Cap. (Profile)

Strategic pastoral planning enables a religious organization to shape and guide its overall pastoral objectives to achieve its desired pastoral mission. Through effective planning, an organization creates a framework for developing, adapting and aligning its pastoral vision, mission, beliefs, and goals to effective action plans. This course will help students understand the skills required to facilitate, formulate, implement and monitor pastoral planning in their religious organizations. 

Reading Requirements:
  • Dr. William L. Pickett, A Concise Guide to Pastoral Planning (Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria Press, 2007).
  • Aubrey Malphurs, Advanced Strategic Planning: A Twenty First Century Model for Church and Ministry Leaders (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2013).
  • Jim Lundholm-Eades, “Parish Planning for Beginners – New Pastors and their Parishioners,” www.theleadershiproundtable.org/churchepedia/docs/ParishPlanningForBeginners.pdf.

 

Supplemental (Non-Required Readings):  These readings are not required for this course, but are provided for the students who wish to dig further into the topics at hand. 
  • Robert S. Rivers, From Maintenance to Mission: Evangelization and the Revitalization of the Parish (New York: Paulist Press, 2005)
  • Bruce P. Powers, Church Administration Handbook (Nashville: Broadman and Holman, 1997)
  • Peter Steinke, The Balancing Act: The Congregation as Emotional System (St. Paul, MN: Seraphim Communications, Inc.)

 

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Human Resource Management

Faculty: David B. Couturier, OFM. Cap. (Profile)

Course Description:  Ministry-based organizations should employ personnel only after a careful study of how to choose and lead staff and volunteers effectively. This course provides an overview of the fundamentals of human resource management in parishes and ministry-based institutions. It will review the basics of employment law and offer students a review of human resource management practices as these apply to the ministerial setting.

 
Texts for this Course
  • Sharon Armstrong and Barbara Mitchell, The Essential HR Handbook (Franklin Lake, NJ: Career Press, 2008);
  • Barbara Mitchell, The Big Book of HR (Pompton Plains, NJ: Career Press, 2012).
  • Paul A. Holmes, A Pastor’s Toolbox: Management Skills for Parish Leadership (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2014);
  • Robert H. Welch, Church Administration: Creating Efficiency for Effective Ministry (Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman, 2005).
  • Gil Rendle and Susan Beaumont, When Moses Meets Aaron: Staffing and Supervision in Large Congregations (Verndon, VA: Alban Institute, 2007).

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Leadership, Collaboration and Staff Development

Faculty: David B. Couturier, OFM. Cap. (Profile)

Course Description:  A key function of good management is working effectively with the staff you have. This course looks at various theories of leadership and describes how collaboration provides a powerful way to unite all the gifts of a church toward mission. Special attention will be given to the critical distinction between church management and church leadership, especially in difficult pastoral circumstances.

 
Texts:
  • Harvard Business Review on Leadership (Boston, MA: Harvard Business  School Press, 1998);
  • Paul A. Holmes, A Pastor’s Toolbox: Management Skills for Parish Leadership (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2014);
  • Peter L. Steinke, Congregational Leadership in Anxious Times (Herndon, VA: Alban Institute, 2006);
  • Harvard Business Review on Motivating People (Boston, MA: Harvard Business School Press, 2003).
  • Warren Bennis and Joan Goldsmith, Learning to Lead: A Workbook on Becoming a Leader (New York: Basic Books, 2010).

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Multiple Parish Pastoring, Clustering and Reorganizing Churches: Planning Implications

Faculty: David B. Couturier, OFM. Cap. (Profile)

As church populations shift and the demographics of our neighborhoods change, congregations must reassess and reprioritize their strategies and action plans. This course will help students analyze their particular church demographics and study the various models of church reorganization presently in use across the country. Special attention will be given to the psychological dynamics of these new pastoral planning initiatives. 

Readings Requirements:
  • Mark Mogilka and Kate Wiskus, Pastoring Multiple Parishes (Chicago: Loyola Press, 2009). 
  • Charles E. Zech and Robert J. Miller, Listening to the People of God: Closing, Rebuilding and Revitalizing Parishes (New York: Paulist Press, 2008)
  •  William Bridges, Managing Transitions: Making the Most of Change (DeCapo Lifelong Books, 2009) 
Supplemental (Non-Required) Reading: These readings are not required for this course, but are provided for the students who wish to dig further into the topics at hand. 
  • Richard Beckhard, Organizational Transitions: Managing Complex Changes (Addison-Wesley Series, 1987)

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Pastoral Diagnostics: Understanding and Evaluating Pastoral Systems Church Dynamics

Faculty: David B. Couturier, OFM. Cap. (Profile)

Effective pastoral planning begins with a proper understanding of the pastoral “system” under analysis. This course will provide students with the skills and tools for a proper “environmental scan” of the forces, both internal and external, that are affecting the church’s potential for growth and change. Students will be introduced to effective ways to identify, collect, analyze and use relevant data for church growth, including contemporary church demographics. 

Readings Requirements:
  • Peter L. Steinke, Healthy Congregations: A Systems Approach (Alban Institute, 2006).
  • Peter L. Steinke, A Door Set Open: Grounding Change in Mission and Hope (Alban Institute, 2010).
  • Peter L. Steinke, How Your Church Family Works (Alban Institute, 2006).
  • Aubrey Malphurs, Advanced Strategic Planning: A Twenty-First Century Model for Church and Ministry Leaders (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2013). 
Supplemental (Non-Required Readings): These readings are not required for this course, but are provided for the students who wish to dig further into the topics at hand. 
  • Gil Rendle and Susan Beaumont, When Moses Meets Aaron: Staffing and Supervision in Large Congregations (Herndon, VA: The Alban Institute, 2007).
  • For a deeper insight on the use of new demographic tools for parishes/congregations, visit: www.missioninsite.com or purchase Tom Bandy’s book, Accelerate Your Church (at
  • www.missioninsite.com website.)
  • Albert L. Winseman, Growing an Engaged Church: How to stop ‘doing church’ and start Being the Church Again (New York: Gallup Press, 2009).
  • Note: Students can also watch video presentations by Dr. Peter L. Steinke on “The Church as an Emotional System,” at www.losranchos.org/2012/02/peter-steinke-videos-from-the-annual-pastors-retreat-2012/   Or at www.vimeo.com/37155033

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Pastoral Leadership and Pastoral Management in Church Governance and Planning

Faculty: David B. Couturier, OFM. Cap. (Profile)

This course explores the challenges and possibilities of effective pastoral leadership and management in the Church today. Students will examine the theoretical and practical differences between management and leadership and learn when and under what circumstances the skills of each are needed. This course is designed to help students articulate their own pastoral leadership vision and skills and translate them into effective management strategies for use in their local pastoral situation. Students will be encouraged to construct a plan that includes vision and mission statements, goals, action steps and evaluative processes as a way to specify their leadership potential. Focus will be placed on helping students articulate a spirituality of leadership and management that emerges from their religious tradition and life experience. 

Reading Requirements:
  • Harvard Business Review on Leadership (Harvard Business School Press, 1998)
  • Ronald Heifetz, Alexander Grashow and Marty Linsky, “Leadership in a (Permanent) Crisis,” Harvard Business Review (July 2009)
  • Ronald Heifetz, Alexander Grashow and Marty Linsky, The Practice of Adaptive Leadership (Harvard University Press, 2009)
  • Hugh Heclo, On Thinking Institutionally (E.Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers, 2008)
  • David B. Couturier, The Four Conversions: A Spirituality of Transformation (South Bend, IN: Victoria Press, 2008) (the text will be sent to the student electronically)
  • Video: http://www.faithandleadership.com/multimedia/onald-heifetz-the-nature-adaptive-leadership

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Strategic Planning and Change Management

Faculty: David B. Couturier, OFM. Cap. (Profile)

Course Description:  Ronald Heifetz of the Harvard Kennedy School has said that leaders and managers now enter their organizations in a time of permanent crisis that will be ever characterized by urgency, high stakes and uncertainty. Leaders will need to think beyond the immediate and be able to focus on the accessible horizon of their institution’s potentials. This course will focus on the art of strategic planning and how leaders go about the process of transformational change.

 
Texts 
  • Dr. William Pickett, A Concise Guide to Pastoral Planning (Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria Press, 2007).
  • Aubrey Malphurs, Advanced Strategic Planning: A New Model for Church and Ministry Leaders
  • (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2005).
  • Paul A. Holmes, The Pastor’s Toolbox: Management Skills for Pastoral Leaders (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2014).

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Task, Role and Authority: The Building Blocks of Effective Church Governance and Planning

Faculty: David B. Couturier, OFM. Cap. (Profile)

This course will introduce church leaders, staff and council members to the three fundamental building blocks of church governance and pastoral planning: task, role and authority. Students will learn how pastoral systems determine their “primary task” and must come to grips with their “primary risk,” as well. They will also learn the roles of pastoral life and what happens to pastoral systems when individuals fail to take up their roles. And, finally, students will study the ways that mission in a church is undermined when individuals and groups are not “authorized” to do the task and take up the roles assigned to them. 

Readings Requirements:
  • James Krantz and Marc Maltz, “A Framework for Consulting to Organizational Role,” at http://www.worklab.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/Role-Consultation-Article2.pdf.
  • Peter L. Steinke, A Door Set Open: Grounding Change in Mission and Hope (Alban Institute, 2010)
  • Mark F. Fischer, Making Pastoral Councils Pastoral (Paulist Press, 2010)
  • Aubrey Malphurs, Advanced Strategic Planning: A Twenty-First Century Model for Church and Ministry Leaders (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2013)
  • Jim Lundholm-Eades, “The Parish Pastoral Council: Communio in Action,” (2008), accessed at: www.theleadershiproundtable.org/churchepedia (then click on “parish council”) 
Supplemental (Non-Required Readings):  These readings are not required for this course, but are provided for the students who wish to dig further into the topics at hand.
  • Blake E. Ashforth, Role Transitions in Organizational Life: An Identity Based Perspective (Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2001)
  • John Newton, Susan Long and Burkhard Sievers (eds)., Coaching in Depth: The Organizational Role Analysis Approach (London: Karnac Books, 2006)
  • Robert S. Rivers, From Maintenance to Mission: Evangelization and the Revitalization of the Parish (New York: Paulist Press, 2005)
  • David B. Couturier, “When Religious Leadership Fails: The Psychology of Administrative Scandals,” Human Development 28:1 (Spring, 2007), 5-11

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