Missional Management is the work of providing support to those who follow the way of Jesus. That’s the primary work of a vestry/bishop’s committee: to make sure that the financial, human, and property resources are oriented first toward following the way of Jesus.
The Rev. Michael Pipkin spends a lot of time talking with vestries and bishop’s committees, treasurers, wardens. In his role as Missioner, he often gets to listen to worries about balancing the budget, dwindling people and the cost of deferred maintenance on our physical plants.
“When faith community leaders focus on worry, there’s no quick fix or silver bullet. There’s no program that’s going to save the church when our definition of success is having enough money to continue existing the way we have in the past,” he says. “But I’ve seen faith communities transform when their leadership puts management in its right place — supporting the whole congregation’s renewed focus on mission, which is our reason for being. Taking part in God’s mission is what leads to vitality.”
ECMN’s School for Formation offers the Missional Management course out of the belief that a proactive move toward missional management can be transformative as faith communities seek to join in God’s mission. To that end, we’re offering this course at a deeply reduced rate to all members of ECMN, with a special invitation to each faith community’s vestry, bishop’s committee, finance committee, and staff.
The more who participate from each faith community, the deeper the impact of learning will go.
Registration for the online course includes participation in the Lay Leadership Day on February 4 — click here for more details about the Lay Leadership Day.
Register now to ensure your spot: Use the code TRANSFORM to register at highly reduced rate of $40 per person. Space is limited.
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