CHURCH ADMINISTRATION

1.  General administration

Administrative leadership with various organisations in the parish/circuit etc

Administrative structure of the parish/circuit etc

Administrative structure of his/her denomination and other denominations

Human resource administration

Financial administration

Budget

Maintenance of cashbook and ledger

Balance sheet

Petty cash

Final accounts – fixed asserts and liabilities

Church collection

Thank offering, poor relief etc.

Banks

Special projects

 Administration of moveable and immoveable properties

Church furniture

Furniture in the mission house, parish hall etc.

Vehicles

Lands, deeds , surveying and plans etc.

Maintenance

 Office Administration

Structure of office administration

Administration of office resources and relationships

Keeping and maintaining records – filing etc.

Letters – writing and responding

Registers – service, baptism, marriage etc.

Administrative matters with government and non governmental organisations

With the Grama sevaka

With the surrounding village or town – parking issues, usage of church premises, grounds etc. 

With the other village level organisations such as funeral associations etc.

With the other religious organisations

With AGA, Pradeshiya saba, police and army etc.

With academic institutions such as schools and universities

Court cases

FOUNDATION OF PASTORAL MINISTRY

(I) INTRODUCTION

[1] The nature of the church

What is Church?  -Ekklesia        An Assembly

O.T.Background:-

(A)Call of Abraham

(B)Exodus from Egypt

Covenant

(a)Noah

(b)Abraham

(c)Sinai

(d)Jeremiah

(e)Jesus’ New Covenant

Idea of Remnant

          12 Tribes

                 1

          12 Disciples

Jesus proclaimed the Kingdom of God-[Ekklesia is mentioned only 2 times in the Gospels -  Mtt.16.18 & 18.17]

Church is NOT a Members only club.

Church is an Institution, which exists for others.

Church is an Instrument of the Kingdom.

Church is NOT the only Vehicle for the Kingdom.

3 Metaphors about the Church

Body of  Christ-Organic nature of the member to member relationship

Covenant Community-Covenant between God and Human beings

Household of God-Extended Family.

 (2) The purpose of Pastoral Ministry

All who accept the call of God are Ministers.

Also God calls People for special Ministries.

Our Ministries should be understood in the context of the priesthood of all believers.

Faith community empowers People.

The meaning of the Ministry

1.) Call for DIAKONIA-Lk22.27

2.)The only religious tradition in the World in which religious officials are called Servants

3.)There are 3 ways in which Christians are Servants

                 (1) God            - 1Cor3.5

                 (2)Our fellow Christions-1Cor4.1

                 (3) The World             - 1Cor4.5

4) To build up the body of Christ-Eph.4.12

                   1.Unity in diversity

                   2.Inter dependence

                   3.Common dependence, Christ as Head

5) To bring all creation together, everything in heaven and earth with Christ as head. Eph.1.10

 [3] The Person and the Work of the Pastor

THE CALL AND COMMITMENT

God calls People

Call of Abraham

Call of the Prophets etc

God calls for WHAT? .

*    God calls a People from bondage to freedom-EXODUS

*    God calls People to live in a Covenant relationship

*    God calls People to be the Remnant- Salt etc.

*    God calls People to Redeem the Universe. [COSMOS]

Jesus Called His disciples to proclaim the Kingdom of God.

Church is in the World

Church is Not for itself

THE GROWTH & MATURITY

To understand ourselves

(1) What am I? Who am I? -Self examination &Self Knowledge

(2) Self image -what we are like &what other people think of us

     Self hood   -Begins when we are babies. Our habits, attitudes       

     Beliefs abilities are gradually shaped

(3) Roles & Relationships

(4) Group identity and Self image

(5) Change and Conflict

(6) The Pastor and his/her self image

Johari Window

Public

Blind

Hidden

Unknown

Who is a Mature Person?

One who is able to

(1) Be effectively in touch with the real World.

Have adequate feeling of security.

Give and take    :-Be dependent without feeling his/her                           

                                     Independence threatened.

                                   : -Be independent without an undue feeling    

                                     of isolation

Control his/her emotions with undue strain

Show mutuality in his/her relationships; refrain from using people as a means of his/her own ends.

Be at home with his/her body.

Feel he/she is a whole person; have an adequate evaluation of himself/herself.

CONTINUING EDUCATION

           Always think positively

Think truthfully and clearly about your life-[Rom.12:3]

Study and believe the teachings of the scripture about your relationship with God and Jesus-[Rom.5:1&2Cor.5:21]

Try to practice a way of living which is open and honest with God, with yourself and with others.[Ps.32:1-5&Phil 3:13]

Accept the fact that even when you fail are useful.

Acknowledge your abilities and your successes before God with humble thanks.[Eph.3:20]

If you wish your ministry to be more effective, work out the objectives you wish to achieve and than desire it, and think, meditate and pray about it.

(II) THE CONTEX OF PASTORAL MINISTRY

(1) The Pluralistic Society 

The Sinhala Buddhist Ethno-Religious Identity

The  Tamil Hindu Ethno Cultural Identity

The Religious Identity of Muslims

Eurasians and Malays

Relationships in Sri Lankan Multi Religious, Multi Ethnic and Multi Cultural Society.

Rejection

Compromise

Tolerance

Syncretism

Symbiosis

(2) The Economic Disparities

Different Economic systems: -

1.      Tribal   -Totem, Exchange, Leader etc.

Feudal –landlords & Kings

Capitalism-Money ,New rich

Socialism –equality, Sharing of resources.

Open Economy-Multi National Companies, Neo Colonialism etc.

Freedom Movements

Gap between Haves & Have-nots 

Tamil militant