New resource teaches project management for ministry success

VALLEY FORGE, PA (5/3/17)—Judson Press, the publishing arm of American Baptist Home Mission Societies, releases a fast-track approach to learning project management for ministry success. A practical resource for church leaders, “Managing Projects in Ministry” offers the professional and pastoral experience of author Vincent W. Howell, D.Min.

From small annual events to large transition plans, church leaders often participate in the planning, development and execution of ministry projects. Many leaders have little experience in these matters, which can result in anxiety and stress. “Managing Projects in Ministry” provides the fundamentals of project management, grounded with a biblical foundation, to foster effective leadership, maximize the congregation’s talents, increase efficiency and enhance the chances of success.

“The essence of church project management is that it helps us live the Word. God gave different roles, responsibilities and functions in the church.” Howell says. “As such, church project management can be viewed as a set of tools that can be used by lay and pastoral leaders in managing God’s work in ministerial related projects.”

The resource offers real-life examples and provides an explanation of the four key phases of project management:

  • inspiration and initiation,
  • planning,
  • executing, and
  • evaluating and celebrating.

The guide includes an appendix of templates and charts that are also available for download online.

Howell is pastor of Westside and Webb Mills United Methodist churches in the Elmira, N.Y., area. His leadership has focused on training clergy and laity on applying project management in the church to achieve effective project implementation, as well as to better utilize the limited resources within the local church.

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Founded in 1824, Judson Press is a publishing ministry of American Baptist Home Mission Societies, American Baptist Churches USA. It is committed to producing Christ-centered leadership resources for the transformation of individuals, congregations, communities and cultures.

American Baptist Home Mission Societies partners with American Baptists to promote Christian faith, cultivate Christ-centered leaders and disciples, and bring healing and transformation to communities across the United States and Puerto Rico.

American Baptist Churches is one of the most diverse Christian denominations today, with more than 5,200 local congregations comprised of 1.3 million members, across the United States and Puerto Rico, all engaged in God’s mission around the world.