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An assessment of the management skills required of ministers in the Reformed Churches of South Africa

A. B. Grobler, J. L. van der Walt
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 42, No 4 | a289 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v42i4.289 | © 2008 A. B. Grobler, J. L. van der Walt | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 27 July 2008 | Published: 27 July 2008

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A. B. Grobler, Potchefstroom Business School, Potchefstroom Campus, North-West University, South Africa
J. L. van der Walt, Potchefstroom Business School, Potchefstroom Campus, North-West University, South Africa

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Abstract

A congregation is not a business, and to manage it as such would be inappropriated. Although the church is primarily invis- ible and spiritual by nature, in this world it is functioning as an institution which must be managed efficiently and effectively to ensure that everything is done successfully and in good order. A major part of the responsibility to ensure order and effective- ness rests on the shoulders of the minister. The training of as- piring ministers in the Reformed Churches of South Africa does not involve specific training in managing and leading an organi- sation. This fact might leave them vulnerable, especially in the earlier stages of their careers.

 

Although some people are blessed with natural skills and ta- lents regarding management and leadership, it has been pro- ven that management skills required to manage an organisation successfully can be acquired by means of study and training.

 

An empirical study was performed to determine whether training in management could assist ministers in the execution of their calling. A questionnaire was sent to all the ministers of the Re- formed Churches of South Africa regarding the scope of circum- stances in a congregation which can be compared with other organisations, as well as the minister’s role in managing the situations.

 

The research concludes with a recommendation that considera- tion should be given to include a course on management in the training syllabus of aspiring ministers. Furthermore, it is sugges- ted that this course be developed specifically taking into ac- count the background and circumstances of the Reformed Churches of South Africa, and should not be generic like the course which is included for Baccalaureus Commercii or Mas- ters of Business Administration (MBA) students.

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Church; Congregation; Management; Minister

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