Church business administrators keep churches running properly without spending too much money. They also enable churches to perform and host all of the various functions that they hold. They are in charge of the finances and play a key role in all of the business functions of a church. While churches may be run for different purposes than the companies that most business administrators work for, they still need somebody to keep their money and their activities organized.
Church business administrators work with different members of the parish or clergy. This may be a priest, nun, pastor, or anyone who performs services and is involved in pastoral activities. They may also work with volunteers who assist in fund raising or charity events. The mission of a church is not to make a profit, but they still require money to function. So this position operates much the same as a business administrator would in other industries. The working hours for a church business administrator are normal business hours on Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 4 PM. They generally report to a senior pastor or equivalent depending on which denomination for which they work, as well as the information technology administrator. Their tools for work are a computer, telephone, and standard office supplies.
Required for this job is usually a Bachelor's degree in business management. Some may even need a Master's of Business Administration or be a Certified Public Accountant. They must have accounting and management skills.
Church Business Administrator Tasks
- Work with pastor and financial committees to develop the church budget.
- Handle church finances and accounting, present financial information to church governing bodies.
- Develop church budget and manage church funds, administer payroll and employee benefits.
- Manage church property and facilities, overseeing maintenance and planning long-term improvement projects.