‘MBA Quick Book for Ministers’ introduces leaders to ‘pastoral MBA competencies’

Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 9, 2020

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Local pastor one of the authors of new book

VALLEY FORGE, PA — In a cultural context where the church is struggling to survive amid other competing organizations and commitments, pastoral leaders need a new leadership paradigm that equips ministers to serve as chief executives for making disciples for Christ.

Father-and-son coauthors, Vincent Howell, D.Min., and Vincent Howell Jr., MBA, offer this “quick book”-styled resource, designed to introduce ministers to “Pastoral MBA Competencies”— the practical knowledge of leadership and management skills that will benefit those serving today’s congregations and other ministry settings. Highlighting topics that are addressed in a master’s level program in business administration, this accessible resource also provides wisdom from clergy who have already completed the MBA.

Chapters include:

  • Decision analysis
  • Human resource management
  • Finance
  • Operations management
  • Information technology
  • Project management
  • Strategic planning

This practical guide provides information on institutions that offer dual D.Min./MBA degrees. It equips ministers with a unique resource that connects Biblical and theological learning with MBA theory and practice to enhance leadership and management skills needed in today’s culture.

Vincent W. Howell is pastor of Centenary United Methodist Church, Clemmons. He previously served as pastor at Westside and Webb Mills United Methodist churches in the Elmira, N.Y., area. His ministry leadership has focused on training clergy and laity on applying project management in the church to better utilize limited resources within the local church. He writes on issues of leadership and local church history. He is author of “Managing Projects in Ministry,” published by Judson Press in 2017.

Vincent W. Howell Jr. is an active lay member of First Baptist Church, Murfreesboro, Tenn. He has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Tennessee State University and an master’s in project management from Strayer University. Currently a senior IT business analyst, he has held a variety of other IT positions. Over the years, he has participated in local church audiovisual, website development and transportation ministries. When not participating in various ministries at his church, he and his wife are raising their two young children.