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Church Administration

Professionals working in churches, ministry, and parachurch organizations must be adept at a range of skills to support essential operations and ongoing activities. The certificate in church administration focuses on the development of knowledge in key areas of management, financial planning, marketing, board governance, and human resources to help advance the mission of your church or nonprofit organization.

Upon completion of the certificate, you will understand the fundamentals of church administration, including cash flow and nonprofit accounting systems. You’ll gain experience in creating an effective management and governance framework, be prepared to further your church’s mission through marketing and communications plans and human resource practices.

The certificate in church administration can be completed 100% online or through a combination of online and face-to-face classes. The program’s flexibility and affordability will allow you to complete your certificate in as little as 12 months, giving you a valuable credential as you advance your career. All certificate courses can also be applied toward a degree, including the master of nonprofit administration.

With small class sizes and respected professional faculty who will help you achieve your goals, our certificate programs are one of the options the School of Business and Nonprofit Management offers to students committed to becoming successful, ethical leaders in the nonprofit sector.


Academic Catalog

The five classes below are required for the certificate in church administration. Click on a course title to read its description.

Review our semester schedules to see current offerings, including online and on-campus classes.

This course examines current theory and practice as it applies to the management of human resources within organizations. Specific focus is given on the effects of organizational mission and culture on human resource management. The processes of recruitment and selection, training and development, performance evaluation, compensation and motivation, and legal influences are examined. The course takes the viewpoint of human resource management as a key responsibility of every manager within the organization.

This course provides both basic and advanced financial planning and management skills necessary in today's nonprofit organization. Successful financial planning and business development strategies will be combined to create a financial plan which achieves the goals of the organization. Included are basic principles of managerial accounting. Fund accounting, budgeting, cash flow analysis, expenditure control, long-range financial planning, audits, and grants and contracts are studied, as applied to nonprofit organizations.

This course focuses on developing a working knowledge of marketing as it applies to nonprofit organizations. Emphasis will be placed on developing a customer orientation, marketing planning and organization, and developing and organizing resources.

This course provides an overview of the fundamentals of church administration including aspects of church management such as: servant leadership, volunteer management, finances, fundraising, strategic planning, risk management, government regulations, legal issues, and pastoral/staff compensation and benefits.

This course is designed to improve understanding of the elements, processes, and dynamics of board governance and volunteer management in nonprofit organizations. Course includes analysis of the respective roles of the board, executive director, staff and volunteers in nonprofit organizations. Focus on means and methods to enable boards and volunteers to maximize organizational effectiveness. Students will learn how to assess and improve the effectiveness of a board, the senior leadership, volunteers, and the overall governance of the organization.

Gainful Employment Information

North Park University is required to provide detailed information about the gainful employment of our students who enroll in School of Business and Nonprofit Management certificate programs. These disclosures will assist students in making informed enrollment decisions with regards to the possible employment opportunities that accompany each of the certificate programs.

  • Certificate in Church Administration