Content by Rev. Micah James, CCA
I am on my way to teach a seminar. For me these usually begin with a rush to the airport, but they almost always end with someone saying, “Wow, I wish there were more conversations like this!” Now, I believe this is not because I am the most skillful orator and presenter, but I do have a theory.
Many think a church administration workshop is going to tell you one or all of the following things:
- “You are doing it wrong.”
- “You can’t do it that way.”
- “You can’t do that at all.”
- “You’re going to jail.”
Just the thought of any of those is enough to send anyone running for the hills. I have seen the research, just like you have. When workshops on church administration topics are offered, everyone says they are needed but then attendance is low. I wish the “I wish we had more of these” more easily translated into packed rooms talking about stewardship, vision, mission, and all the ways administration intersects the church and its ministry.
So we have to get past the fear of our errors and engage in learning. We have to come out of hiding and do the hard work together.
In my experience, once people encounter church administrative knowledge in bite-size manageable pieces, they feel empowered and encouraged to learn more. Once they engage this content in a way that is no longer overwhelming, they find their hope again. Once they find their hope, they can see (and get excited about) the future of the church.
I truly feel that my calling in life is to change that equation. So here I am, about to embark on a 36 hour round-trip adventure, to teach. It is why I eat, sleep, and breath this stuff. It is why I teach and share my passion with my congregation. It is why I ask “why” and not just “what”.
I am honored and humbled that so many of you read our blog, attend our seminars, send us emails, and (most importantly) encourage our ministry. My hope is that in some small way, the things we post and the articles we write will help you serve God more effectively, more passionately, and with less fear.
I wish you the greatest of blessings in your ministry.