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..
For Whom: All Pastors, Middle and Senior Management Staff in the Ministry.
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.
For Whom: All Pastors, Church Leaders, Church Secretaries, Administrators, Middle and Senior Management Staff in the Ministry.
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.
For Whom: Pastors and Church Secretary, Administrator, Accountant, HODs and Officers in any leadership position.
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.
For Whom: All Middle and Senior Management Staff in the Ministry.
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.
For Whom: Pastors and Church Secretary, Administrator, Accountant, HODs and Officers involved in running the Church Computer Unit.
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.
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.
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.
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
This course aims at equipping pastors and members with the skills of assimilation processes
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
I have attended courses both within Nigeria and outside Nigeria but this South Africa outing has impacted a lot of exposures and practical knowledge on my assignment as head of over 10,000 congregants of my church and I wish more of this type of course will be organized soonest.
Most Rev (Dr) B.A Oboimanu, Archbishop and Supreme Head - Christ Healing Church of Nigeria, Port-Harcourt
I thank the staff and officials of Wisdom Concepts for organizing this training. The lesson I have learnt so far will be very useful to me and I will do my best to apply them in my ministry and church to achieve success. Moreover the arrangements from Nigeria to South Africa and throughout the training are fantastic. Thanks.
BISHOP DR.R.A ASELEMI, President of Church Synod - The International Church of God, Port-Harcourt
I thank God, I attended this conference. All the teachings are life transforming one that will enable man become successful in all fields of endeavour, most especially those called to work in the vineyard of the Almighty God; I recommend this training to all church works.
Pastor Godwin Chukwudire, General Overseer - Divine Chosen Vine Ministries Int'l, Lagos
The training was great, the facilitators were very good, I give credit to the organizers and the host for the choice of the guest house, which was a good environment for the caliber of participants – A guest house where smoking is clearly prohibited in rooms. Credit is also given to members of Pastor Ola's church who faithfully provided good Nigerian dishes for us. This training should be more advertised. I believe more ministers should know about it. God bless Wisdom Concepts.
Rev. Amos Kunat, Senior Pastor - New Estate Baptist Church, Surulere, Lagos
The training is inspiring, handled by competent resource persons, practical and tailored at meeting contemporary needs and challenges in ministry. The training has further catalyzed me unto cutting edge practices in Ministry. I am also appreciating the hospitality and good planning for the training. Thank you.
Rev Tunde Akintola, Senior Pastor - New Estate Baptist Church, Abuja, FCT
The concept of the conference is excellent, venue – excellent, content – excellent, packaging – good, presentation delivery - excellent, ICT – good, commendation – excellent..
Rev Samson Adedokun, Senior Pastor - New Dawn Baptist Church, Victoria Island, Lagos
The originality of the entire papers presented during the strategic Church Management conference were very unique. The methodology adopted by the lecturers to explain issues were very practical and down to earth. This apart, the composure, appearance and timeliness of the lectures is highly commendable. However the organizers should in future ensure that all presentations are included in the conference folders to make for easy understanding and time saving. On the overall the conference was rich and rewarding with a refreshing time spent in the presence of the Almighty God the giver of Wisdom and Understanding.
Sir Jimmy Coker, Lay President of Conference - Methodist Church Nigeria
The conference held in Orlando, USA was tailor made to minister to my great heartfelt need at this particular phase of life & ministry. It was a God sent opportunity to divinely move me from the realm of transition to the realm of prophetic destiny actualization. The instruction was thoroughly researched and powerfully presented in an atmosphere of deep experience and passion. I thank God for counting me worthy to be a part of the experience.
Rev Elisha Moses Gaiya, Minister in Charge/Senior Pastor - New Revelation Baptist Church, Ikeja, Lagos
God bless wisdom concepts and her management. They have been great and they have just started because, they are going to be master piece throughout the world. It is a ministry of raising the dead or half dead ministry to live. Their seminar is a one where by your life will witness both spiritual and physical transformation of turning point. It is a great privilege been here in South Africa as the experience shall live in me forever. Praise God
Olutola Gideon Olu, Elder - The Apostolic Church National HQ
This training is rated the most in my life. It has exposed my knowledge and understanding to avoidable errors I made in life which I taught they are inevitable. This training had impacted to me a life time knowledge which enable me to understand myself, know where I am at present and show me the track to future My profound gratitude goes to our teacher's facilitator and trainer for the wonderful opportunities given to me to be a partaker of this training. Thank you so much
Fagbenro Adewale Micheal- Celestial Church of Christ
This is a very unique, rich and well articulated training programme, I hereby recommend it to any minister of the gospel interested in taking his/her ministry to the next level
Adeniji Olufemi, Assistant Pastor- RCCG- Jesus Embassy, Ibadan
God used the conference to launch me into a new season in my ministry. I travelled to South Africa with numerous questions on my mind but God; through our facilitators answer all my questions. I, strongly recommend this conference for church leaders both young and old. If am asked to describe the experience I will say "Life Transforming
Ndubuisi Okoro - Rhema Chapel International Churches
I thanked God for being part of this training. It was an eye-opener, life and ministry transforming. It is training required for sure success in ministry and life. God bless Wisdom Concepts
Prophet Olufemi Taiye Mathew, Ayo Ni O - Cherubim & Seraphim.