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3E CLU Executive Management Skills Stories

Participant stories in 2018 

By providing concrete examples/laws, the church where I serve has already implemented some changes.  And by providing financial language I am feel more confident in speaking to financial issues.


It was good to increase my understanding of finance which will help as I lead a congregation that is vital in terms of mission but uncertain about their financial sustainability. Some of the pieces on entrepreneurship especially will inform how I talk with leadership about what it means to be church in today's context. I am still chewing on that presenters comment that what we have to offer as the church, what sets us apart from another organization, our value item to build on, is access to God.


I learned about a number of resources to help in areas of finance and marketing. I learned about leadership, and got language for distinguishing leadership from management, which I think is challenging for some church leaders.


Bonnie Johnson's sessions were most helpful because the tiny congregation that I began serving two years ago has some financial mysteries from the distant and not-so-distant past that haunt the congregation's present function/dysfunction.  Bonnie's financial directives named the obvious need:  to be sure that volunteers receive training in best practices.  She taught what is obvious:  how to be better-prepared, as pastor, so as to read and interpret financials for the sake of the congregation's mission.  Her mantra is one that I am seeking to apply now:  a congregation's board is about strategy; committees are about operations. 


Bonnie Johnson's sessions were most helpful because the tiny congregation that I began serving two years ago has some financial mysteries from the distant and not-so-distant past that haunt the congregation's present function/dysfunction.  Bonnie's financial directives named the obvious need:  to be sure that volunteers receive training in best practices.  She taught what is obvious:  how to be better-prepared, as pastor, so as to read and interpret financials for the sake of the congregation's mission.  Her mantra is one that I am seeking to apply now:  a congregation's board is about strategy; committees are about operations. 


In one exercise,  Bill Gartner asked participants to name attributes of an ideal ministerial leader.  I saved my list and will continue to refer to it and be challenged to hone my leadership practices and, I trust, increase my leadership strengths. I fully expect that in coming days/months, I will initiate conversation with some of the week's presenters.  They all offered their availability!  That is fantastic.   I will continue to learn from this course because the resources shared by the teachers in person and from their direction for further study (via websites, readings, etc.) promise me hours of ongoing learning in leading, for the sake of the Gospel.


The course offered practical information and tools for better managing operational aspects of ministry.  I was able to return to my congregation with tools to share with our Treasurer.  We were given tools and concepts to help our council and congregation to engage in self-examination.  In particular, The Five Most Important Questions activities were extremely helpful.  I'm looking forward to sharing them here with my congregation.  Collaboration and conversation with other pastors was extremely useful.  No matter the size of our ministries, we were able to brainstorm together and learn from authentic experience.