Details for Legal and Governance Issues for Christian Leadership
With the massive growth in lawsuits, sexual abuse cases, financial mismanagement and the like, having an understanding of the legal and constitutional context of churches is an essential part of pastoral formation. This unit aims to raise an awareness of the legal and regulatory environment in which Christian leaders have to act (both in church employ and in profit/ non-profit pursuits). It will also explore different forms of governance to ensure responsible management of risks and compliance issues without turning the organisation into a legalistic bureaucracy.
- Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
- Unit code: MAN210
- Credit points: 10
- Total workload hours per week: 10
- Number of timetabled hours per week: 3 *
The following courses are prerequisites:
The unit 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 (Alphacrucis College (NSW Dept. of Education)).
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 unit 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.
- Introduction to Australian 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 organizations
This course may be offered in the following formats
Lectures, guided discussion/reflections, tutorials.
Minor Essay (25%, 1250 words); Class Presentation (25%, includes 1500 word summary); Major Essay (50%, 2500 words)
- AoG Australia, Sample constitution.
- Davis, J, Australian Anglicans And The Constitution, Melbourne: Acorn Press, 1994
- 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
- Noonan, John T., The Believer and the Powers That Are: Cases, History, and Other Data Bearing on the Relation of Religion and Government,
- NSW, Government of., NSW Incorporations Act, and a selection of various other Acts such as Privacy enactments, OH&S etc.
- Oster, S., Strategic Management for Nonprofit Organisations.Oxford, 1995.
- Reed, K, Biblical Church Government, Presbyterian Heritage Publications, 1995.
- Wolf, Thomas, Managing A Non Profit Organization, New York: Simon and Schuster, 2000.
- Plus: various journal articles, such as Richard L. Dresselhaus, 'Managing Church Government', Enrichment Journal, Fall 2003.