Details for Legal and Governance Issues for Christian Leadership
With the massive growth in law suits, sexual abuse cases and the like, the legal and constitutional context of churches is an essential part of pastoral formation. This paper aims to raise an awareness of the importance for church life of the legal and regulatory environment in which Christian leaders (both in church employ and in profit/ non-profit pursuits) have to act
- Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
- Paper code: MAN210
- Credit points: 15
- Total workload hours per week: 10
- Number of timetabled hours per week: 4 *
LEA101 – Leadership Principles
The following courses are prerequisites:
The paper Legal and Governance Issues for Christian Leadership is part of the subject area Management and is offered as a part of the following Awards: Bachelor of Contemporary Ministry (New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA)).
With the massive growth in law suits, sexual abuse cases and the like, the legal and constitutional context of churches is an essential part of pastoral formation. This paper aims to raise an awareness of the importance for church life of the legal and regulatory environment in which Christian leaders (both in church employ and in profit/ non-profit pursuits) have to act.
Students should be able to:
- Explain the historical, governance and legal contexts of New Zealand churches
- Analyse issues of power and responsibility in churches. This includes consideration of other Christian perspectives and understandings
- Compare and evaluate a variety of common issues which arise for churches and Christians in non-church employ.
- Discuss the need for due diligence in continually honing their organisation’s responses to a changing legal and governance context.
- Introduction to New Zealand corporate structures
- Traditional and progressive models of church governance.
- The Board: What it is, and who it is not.
- Guidelines: Legislation and rules
- Guidelines: Conduct becoming.
- Guidelines: Taxing issues.
- Creative leadership – by design.
- Creative leadership – accountability.
- Leadership models for organisations
This course may be offered in the following formats
Lectures, guided discussion/reflections, tutorials.
Minor Essay (25%, 1250 words); Class presentation (30%, 15 minutes + 1500 word summary); Major Essay (50%, 2500 words)
Assemblies of God in New Zealand, Sample Constitution.
Brown, Jim. The Imperfect Board Member: Discovering the Seven Disciplines of Governance Excellence. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2006.
Courtney, Roger. Strategic Management for Non-Profit Organizations. New York: Routledge, 2004.
Dresselhaus, Richard L. 'Managing Church Government', Enrichment Journal, Fall 2003.
Getz, Gene. Elders And Leaders: God's Plan For Leading The Church. Chicago: Moody, 2003.
Gross, M. J., et. al. Financial & Accounting Guide for Not-For-Profit Organisations 4th edition. New York: Wiley, 2000.
MacFarlane, Peter and Simon Fisher. Churches, Clergy and the Law. Leichhardt, N.S.W.: Federation, 1996.
Noonan, John T. The Believer and the Powers That Are: Cases, History, and Other Data Bearing on the Relation of Religion and Government. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company, 1987.
Oster, S. Strategic Management for Nonprofit Organisations. Oxford: OUP, 1995
Reed, K. Biblical Church Government. Westminster: Presbyterian Heritage Publications, 1995.
Welch, R. Church Administration: Creating Efficiency for Effective Ministry. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2005.
Wolf, Thomas. Managing A Non Profit Organization. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2000.