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Program Requirements

Graduates of this program will be equipped with leadership and managerial skills which uniquely enable them to help their congregations grow and flourish.

Required Semester Hours: 10

Required Courses:

The five classes below are required for the certificate in church administration.

SBNM 5700 – Principles of Church Administration
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.

SBNM 5355 – Financial Management for Churches and Faith-Based Organizations
This course explores fundamental concepts and practices as they apply to the management of financial resources within church and other faith based organizations, basic accounting terminology, budgeting, financial statement preparation and analysis, managing congregation contributions, policy development and communicating financial information to the congregation, audits, taxes for churches, and risk management. Prerequisite: SBNM5700; Principles of Church Administration

SBNM 5031 – Human Resource Management for Churches and Faith-Based Organizations
This course explores fundamental concepts and practices as they apply to the management and leadership the human resources function within church and other faith based organizations, including recruitment and selection, training and development, performance evaluation, and compensation of employees as well as special tax and legal issues for clergy and volunteer management issues. Prerequisite: SBNM5700; Principles of Church Administration

SBNM 5775 – Fundraising for Churches and Faith-Based Organizations
This course explores fundamental concepts and practices as they apply to the fundraising function within church and other faith-based organizations. The course will include Theology of Fundraising, Theories of fundraising, legal and accounting issues, donor management and retention, types of campaigns, planned giving, annual campaigns, and creating a culture of generosity. Prerequisite: SBNM5700; Principles of Church Administration.

SBNM 5591 – Church Communication and Knowledge Management
This course explores fundamental concepts and practices as they apply to the management of the communication function in churches. The course will examine community outreach and evangelism through digital and social media as well as managing information technology, record keeping, security, risk and marketing strategies. Prerequisite: SBNM5700; Principles of Church Administration

For full course descriptions view our academic catalog.

Academic Catalog

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