The four courses leading to certification in church administration are intended to cover crucial leadership topics that may have not been covered in seminary. Exploring administration, management, and finances, each course builds on the course that precedes it.
The first of the four, “Church Leadership and the Bible,” will focus on how being a church leader has changed drastically in the past year as COVID-related issues have changed congregations both temporarily and permanently. Leading through this kind of change will be cross-applied to other types of upheavals that may appear in the future.
We will examine how being a church leader in a changing ministry world relates to one’s call and spiritual life, vision and mission, team building, and the congregation’s spiritual journey. In addition to the required book (listed below), recommended readings and websites will help participants enrich their own leadership.
Students are required to have the book for this class:
- Leading The Congregation: Caring For Yourself While Serving The People by Roger Heuser and Norman Shawchuck
This is the first course in the Institute for Discipleship certification in Church Administration, and is a pre-requisite for all of the other courses in the certification.
This course is eligible for 3.0 CEU.
About the Instructor
Harriet Wilkin has been called into ministry to be bring the Gospel message of love, hope, peace, and joy. She knows what it means for a community of faith to come together to support one another and to support the local community. Harriet has served both rural and urban congregations. Harriet believes that through community and through inter-generational ministry the Holy Spirit is working to bring the message of Christ’s redeeming love to all.
Harriet has two bachelor’s degrees and a Master of Divinity degree. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/ Management and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Critical Communications. Upon completing her Master of Divinity degree from Claremont School of Theology in 2015, Harriet was appointed to her first church as solo-pastor in the Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Methodist Church. Harriet has been studying Spiritual Formation, and she continues to study a variety of topics that include religion, leadership, business, and communications.
Harriet’s early days in ministry revolved around Christian program/ ministry development for children, youth, and young adults. She has experience of nearly 20 years working as a volunteer or staff person in the local church. Harriet has also worked at an Easter Seal camp working with various age groups with disabilities.
God has given Harriet the following skills: organizational skills, administration/ business skills, teacher/ preacher, building or re-building programs/ ministries, visitation ministry, small group facilitator, writing ministry resources for all age groups, passion about inter-generational ministry, developing ministry support for those with disabilities and their families, support group for Caregivers, support for First Responders, Veterans, and their families, organize/ plan worship services, and researching for materials that can be used in a ministry setting. She enjoys being creative with ministry and trying new and exciting ministries that offer support and outreach to all who are searching for a deeper connection with Christ.
Harriet’s website is: https://hwilkin.wixsite.com/hwministries