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Introduction:

From antiquity people have been forming organisations. However, none has withstood the test of time. All man-made organizations eventually become extinct. Often their demise is due to their inability to remain flexible enough to meet the needs of a changing society. In order words, the organization fails to create an ongoing work environment that continually encourages people to use their creativity and innovative ideas to meet the ever-changing needs - both within the organisation and among those it serves. All management and leadership skills - planning, organizing, leading, staffing, and evaluating have good working relationships as their foundation. Unfortunately, it is in relationships that leaders are often weakest. It is important to realize that the time and effort spent on acquiring leadership skills will be largely unproductive if the leader fails to develop and maintain good working relationships..

Course Contents:

  • Leaders Responsibility.
  • Trust Relationship and Dependency.
  • Oman - or Sultanate of Oman.
  • Decision-Making process.
  • Turning Failures and Mistakes into Positive Learning Experiences.
  • Reward System.
  • Principles of human relationships
  • Types of relationships in a work environment
  • Restoring relationship back to normal
  • Rules governing right relationships
  • Motivation
  • Case Study

For Whom: All Pastors, Middle and Senior Management Staff in the Ministry.

Introduction:

Look at any church organization that has achieved success, and you will find that it has strong spiritual leadership with sound management skills. The Church now have all manageable structures compared well with modern day business outfit, with increasing complexities of the various elements that make up its body. The elements are Church Finance, Information Technology, Strategy, Church Operations, Church Administration, Staffing and other Human Resources related matters. Moreso, the knowledge base of the congregation under the leadership of a pastor is ever increasing and demanding, while the church office work force are being filled with highly skilled manpower who needs good supervision to meet up with the organizational performance expectations. Likewise, managing teams of voluntary church workers would require sound leadership skills as they could hardly be sanctioned if they are not fully cooperating. Therefore, it is now a necessity that Pastors, Church Leaders, and management staff in the ministry be equipped with skills to advance the course of the church in this jet age. This is a training that impacts management principles with a flavour of Christian Values.

Course Contents:

  • Ingredients of a successful Christian organization.
  • Church Strategy Formulation, Implementation and Evaluation.
  • Leadership by Influence.
  • Strategic Evangelism.
  • Assimilating New People into the Church.
  • Building A Committed Workforce.
  • Developing Church Health.
  • Keys to Building a Growing and Lasting Church.
  • Case Study.

For Whom: All Pastors, Church Leaders, Church Secretaries, Administrators, Middle and Senior Management Staff in the Ministry.

Introduction:

A team can be defined as two or more people moving along a path of interaction towards a common goal. One purpose of a team, then, is to bring people together who can compensate for one another's weaknesses as they focus on using their own gifts, skills, and talents in accomplishing the goal, which in this case is building up the church and bringing it to spiritual maturity. Unfortunately many church leaders and administrators selects team members and leaders without equipping them with ingredients required in raising and nurturing a goal-oriented team. All members of the team - members and leaders alike, need to understand team dynamics, the role, needs and purpose concepts, beside which a team can hardly perform optimally. However there are four crucial needs that all team members have in common. Unless these are met, the individual will not become a productive part of the group. The leader should be aware of these needs and make sure he and the other team members are meeting them. It is required for success therefore, that the leadership and workforce of any church organization be trained and fully equipped with the underlisted course contents to keep them focused on the big picture in order to achieve its set goals.

Course Contents:

  • Leadership role.
  • Ingredients of leadership style.
  • Types of leadership style.
  • Leadership styles and productivity.
  • Identifying, equipping and developing potential leaders.
  • Effective team management skills.
  • Planning and decision making process.
  • Delegation methods.
  • Motivation.
  • Case Study.

For Whom: Pastors and Church Secretary, Administrator, Accountant, HODs and Officers in any leadership position.

Introduction:

Communication represents the lifeblood of an organization. It transfers ideas, feelings, plans, and decisions into productive actions. However, if barriers develop, cutting off the flow of communication to certain parts of the Church, these parts become ineffective and numb. Unless the communication barrier is removed, highly contagious organizational infections such as low morale, personality conflicts, negative attitudes of various kinds and false assumptions will stifle that part of the organisation's productivity. Left unchecked, these infections can even eventually spread throughout the organization, reducing total productivity and eventually bringing organizational death. Therefore, it is extremely important to identify both individual and organizational barriers to communication and work at minimizing them and their impact on understanding. In fact recent studies by Management Training System with numerous Churches indicated that poor communication was their number one leadership and management problem.

Course Contents:

  • Definition and importance of communication.
  • The six communication process.
  • Non Verbal communication
  • Role of listening and how to improve listening skills.
  • Perceptive listening.
  • Focus on keeping communication simple.
  • The formula for developing understanding.
  • Report writing.
  • Case Study.

For Whom: All Middle and Senior Management Staff in the Ministry.

Introduction:

The advent of Information Technology (IT) has brought a new dimension into organizational data management, to which the church is not an exception. The new age data processing revolution has increased the amount of data available to pastors and church leaders about the organization, and, consequently improve the speed and, quality of decision making process. Therefore, any church presently not enjoying the full benefits of Information Technology for effective church management, would imply running some or all of the church operations manually, thereby, getting results that are far less than when its full potential is fully utilized. Quality and quantity of the congregation is the ultimate evidence. There are variations of user-friendly church management software which readily give church leaders current and on-line reports on membership information, welfare needs, church finance, house fellowship information, contributions, events and effectiveness of follow-up on new converts and new-comers. This is just an addition to what a pastor would gain in using electronic bible, message compiler, electronic music projector and several other IT facilities that could give live to congregational meetings and quality of office work. All these benefits could only be assessed if the pastor or church staff is well-trained in the use of IT for effective church management.

Course Contents:

  • Computer hardware and Software (definitions)
  • Basic application of Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Basic use of application packages: case study on Electronic Bible and Church Management Software
  • Detail use of Church Management Software and CDM+ 08 Release
  • Introduction to Networking
  • Detail use of E-mail services and the Internet
  • Setting up of a full computer system for the church office
  • Using the help system of any software
  • Church Management Information Reporting(CMIR)
  • Managing the IT Unit of the Church
  • Case Study

For Whom: Pastors and Church Secretary, Administrator, Accountant, HODs and Officers involved in running the Church Computer Unit.

Introduction:

Any enterprise is built by wise planning, becomes strong through common sense, and profits wonderfully by keeping abreast of facts – TLB. Lack of proper planning puts individuals and organizations on the defense instead of the offense. Thus organizations get caught in the trap of reacting to crises rather than implementing preplanned actions. Consequently they spend most of their time fighting organizational fires. Planning, decision-making and problem solving go hand in hand. In fact the entire planning and problem solving processes consists of a series of inter related decision. The quality of the two depends on how good the decisions are that make up the plan. However, simply making a decision does not necessarily solve the problem. Therefore, the organization that will survive in the new age must equip its management with planning, decision-making and problem solving tools.

Course Contents:

  • Elements of planning.
  • Developing vision and measurable objectives.
  • Identifying activities in any given plan.
  • ctivity sequence and resource determination.
  • Planning process.
  • The story board: An excellent planning tool.
  • Five steps decision-making process.
  • Understanding the climate within which decisions are made.
  • The problem solving process and techniques.
  • Case Study.

For Whom: Pastors and Church Secretary, Administrator, Accountant, HODs and Officers involved in planning and decision making.

From antiquity people have been forming organizations. However, no organization has stood the test of time. All man-made organizations eventually become extinct. Often their demise is due to their inability to remain flexible enough to meet the needs of a changing society. In other words, the organization fails to create an ongoing work environment that continually encourages people to use their creativity and innovative ideas to meet the ever-changing needs - both within the Church organization and among those it serves. Also, the increasing sophistication and changing trends in our society have placed a huge demand on Ministers and the Church to increase their effectiveness in handling the day-to-day administration of the house of God. Therefore, it is necessary for any church organization that will remain relevant in this new age to equip its Church Management Team with Effective Church Administrative Skills.

Course Contents:

  • Introduction
  • Ingredients of a Successful Christian Organization
  • Church Organization Structure
  • Functions of Church Administrator
  • Creating a Productive Work Environment and Maintaining Good Working Relationships
  • Planning
  • Decision-Making Process
  • Problem-Solving Techniques
  • Effective Communication Skills
  • Conflict Management
  • Leadership and Delegation
  • How a Minister Performs Administrative Responsibilities.
  • Case Study

For Whom: Pastors and Church Secretary, Administrator, Accountant, HODs and Officers in leadership position.

The church is a voluntary organization in which entry participation are not strictly regulated. Commitment to the church is freely given based on leadership ability to convince and inspire followers to fully dedicate their intellectual, emotional and spiritual energies to a common purpose. The commitment of others is the fulfillment of the leader's art, without which a leader is just a voice. Since leaders cannot lead without the commitment of others, understanding commitment in its various forms is the key to achieving organizational goals. A leaders ability to operate in this four-tiered hierarchy of commitment namely-political, intellectual, emotional and spiritual commitment is the secret of great leadership success, A leader who understands commitment inspires the workforce to act from the shallowest level of commitment to the most profound, in which they are willing to give their lives for the organizations' vision, established by the leadership. This training will do just that in the lives of your leaders and participants after equipping them with required skills to inspire and convince followers to commit their energy for a common purpose.

Course Contents:

  • Defining Commitment
  • Types Of Committement
  • Leadership competence required to win intellectual commitment
    • Providing Insight
    • Building Vision
    • Story Telling
    • Mobilizing people's energy to achieve purpose
  • Leadership competence required to win emotional commitment
    • Self Awareness
    • Emotional Engagement
    • Story Telling
    • Mobilizing people's energy to achieve purpose
    • Fostering Hope
  • Leadership competence required to win spiritual commitment
    • Rendering significance in members life
    • Enacting Beliefs
    • Centering
  • Application and practical case study

Rick Warren says that, "assimilation is the task of moving people from an awareness of your church to attendance at your church to active membership in your church". Others define assimilation as feeling "part of the congregation," belonging, feeling connected, or demonstrating a sense of ownership with comments like, "this is my church," or "he is my pastor". Joel Heck states that to assimilate means "to make similar." "We assimilate people when we help them to acquire similar knowledge about our Christian beliefs and our congregation, similar attitudes towards Christ and His church, similar feelings of belonging, and similar patterns of behavior".

An assimilated person has the following characteristics
  1. Identifies with the goals of the church.
  2. Attends worship services regularly.
  3. Experiences spiritual growth and progress.
  4. Becomes a member of the Body.
  5. Has 5-10 new friends in the church.
  6. Has an appropriate task or role that matches spiritual giftedness.
  7. Is involved in meaningful fellowship in a small group.
  8. Regularly tithes to the church.
  9. Participates in the great commission by spreading the Good News to friends and relatives

This course aims at equipping pastors and members with the skills of assimilation processes

Course Contents:

  • Assimilation Process
  • Attracting Newcomers
  • Creating A Healthy Church Climate
  • Establishing Need Meeting Ministries
  • New comer invitation and follow-up : the best approach
  • Small group and one-to-one discipleship
  • The cell-based approach
  • Case Study

This training is all about spiritual metamorphosis of churches from stagnancy to growth and from mediocrity to greatness.

A church either experiences a "Big Momentum or Blind Erosion." The former is when a church has a robust health and, steady growth making impact in its community life. The latter is a worse condition of slow decline in which the church leadership is not even aware that the church is gradually dying because the events are very slow and usually minute per time. The key factors here are: weak theology, ignorance, resistant leadership, conflict avoiding and accolade seeking. to mention a few.

This training will expose leaders to their weaknesses and ways out of mediocrity in order to take a plunge unto greatness.

This course aims at equipping pastors and members with the skills of assimilation processes

Course Contents:

  • The factors that generates transformation
  • Eight keys to effective leadership
  • The ABC wakeup call that begins the process of turning a church around
  • How to find the right people and develop the right infrastructure
  • Developing Vision for a church
  • The Vision Intersection Profile (VIP) factor of Visionary churches
  • The importance of nurturing a culture of excellence
  • Embracing innovation in creative and productive ways.
  • Creating momentum instead of allowing blind erosion.

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