Leading Change in the Church


This course is designed to assist you in preparing for, or improving, change leadership and stewardship in the church. In particular, you will find this course useful if you are involved with, or are about to be involved with:

  • Preparing for a leadership change in your church.
  • Preparing for a strategic review.
  • Responding to a financial challenge, either in terms of operating funds or the need for a capital campaign.
  • Preparing for and leading a review of governance structure.
  • Responding to disagreement.

Beginning with an examination of the basics of finance, we will cover a brief discussion of stewardship, and from there discuss prudent practices of governance, and change leadership.


Embedded in a theology of stewardship, we will review and affirm all the critical elements of church sustainability planning in the context of an evolving society.


We will explore our own responsibilities for strategic planning, sound financial stewardship, human capital, and community engagement, together with the appropriate leadership of both the leadership team and volunteers. We will then discuss how our approach should be crafted for successful outcomes. We will also explore approaches to spiritual discernment as a critical element of sustainability.


Class dialogue will include ‘case study’ situations that require analysis. These discussions will provide opportunities to practice in simulated and challenging situations. The course will include a guest speaker.