Course Type:

Applied Courses  (Level 2)  - MP20603 - 1.5 Credits

This course is very practical and invites you to learn about areas that are necessary to leading a healthy organization. No administration course can cover all the areas. In this course, you are invited to look at your church’s past, present and future priorities with regard to: mission, budget keeping, meeting facilitation, membership records, and spiritual and practical stewardship practices.

Learning Objectives

 In addition to the objectives the learners identify for themselves, participants who successfully completes this course will be able to:

  • Appraise the role of authorized minister (pastor or staff minister) as a covenantal partner with the church leaders including the Administrative Board (Council, Consistory, Board of Directors, etc.).
  • Outline financial systems and record keeping in one’s faith community, including policies on stewardship and accounting of all resources (including physical assets) and communication of this information with congregants.
  • Illustrate the role of an authorized minister as a covenant member of a local church.
  • Appraise the local faith community’s strengths, challenges, and historic patterns represented in church documents and oral history recounted by members.
  • Analyze budgeting patterns, both historic and present, including physical assets of the faith community and mission-related expenditures.
  • Interpret budgeting patterns of the past and present for the future life of the faith community.


Required Texts

  • Church Administration and Finance Manual by Otto F. Crumroy, Jr, Stan Kukawka, and Frank M. Witman, Morehouse Publishing, 1998. (some of the pages)
  • Inspiring Generosity, edited by William C. Green, Mark J. Suriano, Christina Villa, UCC Resources, reprinted 2005. (99 pages)
  • Church Administration and Finance Manual by Otto F. Crumroy, Jr, Stan Kukawka, and Frank M. Witman, Morehouse Publishing, 1998. pages 116-128; 146, 147, 148









PATHWAYS believes that quality theological education should be available to any who want it. That’s why we provide a cost-effective online theological program accessible to all. 4-week Explorer courses are only $124, 6-week courses just $350, 9-week courses Supervised Ministry courses are $470, and our 12-week UCC History and Polity course is only $625.


Because classes are not bound by geography and have a flexible weekly schedule, PATHWAYS courses are able to fit into the rest of your busy life. Courses typically involve weekly readings and discussion in a facilitated online forum, offering practical, open-minded education and a learner-centered environment where participants can bring their own questions and insights.


Our courses have between 4 and 15 participants. This allows for deep and productive discussions in the online forum. We know that a small class size allows the participants to develop learning relationships with each other and for facilitators to push participants to a more indepth learning experience.


PATHWAYS Theological Education, Inc.,
P.O. Box 897
Tucker, GA 30085

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PATHWAYS Theological Education, Inc. is a nonprofit provider of theological education that is academically rigorous and affordable.   A PATHWAYS education in Ministry Preparation can be completed on-line in three years at a fraction of the price of a seminary education.   Our program is aligned with the requirements for ordination of most mainline Protestant denominations and seeks to work with ordaining bodies to make sure that participants are meeting their goals.   Now is the time to make an inquiry for the future of theological education.  Reach out today to Partner with PATHWAYS Theological Education, Inc.

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