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Church Administration and Leadership is a broad field encompassing many more focused topics.  This guide provides some beginning resources for examining personnel, church management, and leadership.

Article Databases

Both religion and business databases may have something to offer to your study of church administration and leadership.  Below are a few helpful places to look.

  • ATLA Religion Database
    ATLA Religion Database is good starting place for resources on church administration. Try the subject headings "church administration", "leadership", "leadership, religious", "church maintenance and repair", etc. Click on the "Indexes" link along the top left of the database and select "Subjects All" from the dropdown menu that results to find additional subject headings to use.
  • ABI/Inform Complete
    Helpful for finding some articles related specifically to the church and many more related to particular aspects of leadership and administration across fields. Try "church administration", "administration", "personnel", and "leadership". After completing a search, you can limit results to type of publication (scholarly journals, trade publications, magazines), as well as other fields like location, people mentioned, etc.
  • Business Source Complete
    This database uses the familiar EBSCO interface to connect you to a number of scholarly articles. Try "clergy", "religious organizations", "organizational behavior", "teams in the workplace", "leadership", etc.

General Resources

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Administration in the Small Membership Church - John H. Tyson
Call Number: THEOLOGY BOOK STACKS: BV652 .T97 2007
ISBN: 9780687646432
This slim book (102 pages) contains chapters on managing time, appointments, and records; managing and leading worship planning; mapping a congregation's ministry vision; managing volunteers; facilities management; financial and reporting management; and specific United Methodist denominational concerns including preparing for charge conference and managing multi-point charges.

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Leadership Handbook of Management and Administration - James D. Berkley, ed.
Call Number: THEOLOGY BOOKSTACKS: BV652 .L385 2007
ISBN: 9780801068140
This volume includes sections on personal management, transitions, leadership, supervision of paid staff and volunteers, management, and finances.

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How to Manage an Effective Religious Organization - Michael Sand
Call Number: Theology Book Stacks: HD31 .S316 2011
ISBN: 9781601631510
Publication Date: 2011-07-15
Provides a brief overview of characteristics and practices of effective church organizations, including hiring a new religious leader, evaluating staff, developing meaningful by-laws, fundraising, grant writing, working with volunteers, and suggestions for additional reading.

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Transforming Congregations for the Future - Loren B. Mead
Call Number: THEOLOGY BOOKSTACKS: BV601.8 .M42 1994
ISBN: 1566991269
In this work, Mead summarizes research on mainline church membership and discusses the need to develop new ways of building and supporting religious congregations.

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Managing the Non-Profit Organization - Peter F. Drucker
Call Number: Theology Book Stacks: HD62.6 .D78 1990 (and other locations)
ISBN: 0060165073
Publication Date: 1990-10-01
Beginning with the premise that non-profit organizations, more than anything else, are about "changed human beings", this guide begins with organizational mission and moves to discussion of performance, management, people, and self-development. Interviews with non-profit managers in various sectors (education, seminary education, health and human services) round out the discussion of principles.

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The Minister's MBA - Michael Zigarelli; George Babbes
Call Number: Theology Book Stacks: HD31 .B23 2006
ISBN: 9780805443936
Publication Date: 2006-09-01
Written as if one were completing a two-year MBA program, this book walks ministers through considerations of operational mission, human resources, accounting, and strategy. While churches do not have the same mission as for-profit businesses, this volume provides one method of thinking through church considerations from a business perspective.

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