Managerial competencies for church administration as perceived by seminary faculties, church lay leaders, and ministers Public Deposited

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  • The conceptual foundation of the study emerged from a concern regarding the application of managerial competencies in the local church. A review of the literature suggests that in spite of the increasing awareness for the need to make greater use of these skills, little consensus currently exists regarding their relative importance to the church context. Thus, this study identified the extent to which ministers, lay leaders and faculty were congruent in their perceptions of those competencies essential for ministers to promote effective administrative oversight in the local church. The fifty-item questionnaire, containing statements of pastoral management competencies, was constructed through the use of a Delphi process and administered to three randomly sampled populations. The general population from which the three sample groups were randomly selected consisted of seminaries and churches associated with the Conservative Baptist Association of America (CBA), the Independent Fundamental Churches of America (IFCA), or in the case of faculty, those seminaries (including two from the CBA), who by their doctrinal statements demonstrated a conservative, evangelical, theological position. The 482 respondents indicated on a six-point Likert-type scale the importance they attributed to each of the fifty pastoral management competencies. The data were analyzed by means of one-way and two-way analysis of variance and factor analysis techniques. Selected Findings The one-way analysis of variance revealed a significant difference between faculty and lay leaders on nine of the fifty competencies, and between faculty and pastors on fifteen of the fifty competencies. Little difference existed between pastors and lay leaders. While noting these differences, the evidence of this study did not substantiate the serious gap among faculty, lay leaders and pastors suggested in the literature. The two-way analysis of variance disclosed that seminary faculty members are a highly homogeneous population when compared on the basis of experience, where differences existed on only one item. However, comparisons made on the basis of teaching discipline revealed that faculty with teaching backgrounds in the practical ministries consistently rated higher those competencies related to the areas of planning and interpersonal skills than did faculty with backgrounds in biblical or theological content. The R-mode factor analysis generated a three-factor solution. The three factors were: (1) Pathfinding; (2) Interpersonal Skills; and (3) Implementing and Decision-Making. These clusters were regarded as meaningful categories that can form the basis for developing curricula in pastoral management training programs.
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