Administration as ministry. Most people don’t say those words, administration and ministry, in the same sentence very often. Most keep them siloed as separate activities, many even keeping conversations of administration and ministry in separate meetings.We would argue against this! To minister is to administer, and to administer is to minister. Both have “minister” as part of their root, which is part of the basis for argument that they should be intertwined and attended to equally and collaboratively.
First things first, let us introduce ourselves.
Rev. Micah James (pictured to the right) is an ordained minister with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). As a part of this ministry, Micah utilizes her creative and administrative gifts as she facilitates ministry programs and events for the church community.
Micah is a life long Disciple of Christ, with ministry experience at all levels of the denomination. Micah has a background as a middle school teacher, graduating from TCU in 2005 with her Bachelor of Science in Education. Micah graduated with her Masters of Divinity from Brite Divinity School (TCU) in May 2012, and during her seminary career received The Barbara and Curtis Keith, Jr. Student Ministry Award (2011) and The Colby D. Hall Award (2012) given to a promising Disciples graduating senior.
Micah has recently completed a certificate program through the NACBA (National Association of Church Administrators or “The Church Network”) in Church Business Administration, and feels a strong call to work in the areas of stewardship and mission. She feels strongly in the importance of the ministry of administration and stewardship as it strengthens the greater work of the church.
Rev. Mike Hunter (pictured to the left) has been involved in ministry in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for the past 35 years and was ordained by Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in 1995. Mike has served Disciple congregations in Lufkin (78-92; 00-09) and Tyler (92-00) in times of numerical and spiritual growth.
From 2000-2009, he served as Senior Minister for First Christian Church of Lufkin, Texas. While there the church remodeled the sanctuary, expanded and upgraded preschool facilities, and completed a state of the art digital youth ministry center. The congregation successfully added a contemporary worship service, launched a new missional emphasis and served as a shelter for the evacuees of three hurricanes! Lufkin’s multiple worship model has been adopted by several congregations.
Since September 2009, Mike has served as Senior Minister and Administrator of First Christian Church, Midland. Early goals of stewardship stabilization, staff assessment, and visible presence in the community are on track. VBS 2012 was a front page and digital leader for the community with the largest involvement in remembered history. The congregation is now doing ministry beyond its walls, in city parks and partnering with more than 30 community connections. The church is entering a professionally led Strategic Planning Event and November 2012 launched a 1.1 million dollar capital project to upgrade children and youth space and enhance the worship space for all things digital while maintaining the sacredness of the architecture. The remodeled worship space was reopened in September 2013.
Mike is a certified educator and has additional distinction as a CCA Fellow with the National Association of Church Business Administration (NACBA). He has served as board member for the Association of Disciple Musicians, Hospice in the Pines, and Love, Inc. He currently serves on the board of Disciple Village in Odessa.
Mike has degrees from Wayland Baptist University (BM) and Stephen F. Austin State University (MA). Mike has extended continuing education in preaching, program development and stewardship. Mike has written stewardship materials and led stewardship workshops for congregations across the Southwest.
Mike is now serving his fourth different appointment with two different areas to the Regional Committee on Ministry for the Christian Church in the Southwest. This committee is responsible for the ordination and standing of clergy for the 434 congregations of this Region. Mike’s passion is to mentor men and women seeking ordination.
Mike offers time as time will allow to freely consult with Disciple congregations on matters of administration, staffing, and structure. Mike is a member of the Emmaus community and has been guest preacher, assistant spiritual director and spiritual director for numerous Emmaus Walks.
Over the past few years, Rev. Micah, in collaboration with her father, Rev. Mike Hunter, have been invited to give several education seminars on administrative issues facing ministers and churches.
We both feel very passionately that administration IS ministry. When one supports the everyday compassionate ministry of the church with administration of space, people and time, it is a WIN!
In an effort to better support those in ministry, we hope to use this blog as a resource. We will post informative links, resources, articles and some of our own thoughts.
We encourage you to follow this blog, comment on post, and share questions or concerns with us. We hope that this will be a dialogue in the area of administrative ministry.