Ministry

  • 'Management as Ministry', Course to be offered in May

    'Management as Ministry', a CHHSM and CTS Collaboration
    March 30, 2014
    By the Rev. Danielle Bartz

    The Council for Health and Human Service Ministries of the United Church of Christ (CHHSM) and Chicago Theological Seminary (CTS) are teaming up this May to offer a one-week intensive course on faith-based nonprofit leadership. The course, entitled “Management as Ministry: Learnings from Faith-Based Health and Human Services,” will be taught by two CTS alums; CHHSM president and CEO Bryan Sickbert and CHHSM ministry Consecra Housing Network CEO Timothy Rhodes.

    The course was conceived in response to a growing trend of seminary students entering ministries that are outside church settings. However, the course is also valuable for students who are called to congregational ministries because those are nonprofits as well. According to the purpose statement of the course: “The course will introduce participants to cutting-edge leadership practice such as social entrepreneurship, appreciative inquiry, and strengths-based management that will benefit anyone in an organizational leadership role.”

    The weeklong course will combine classroom lectures and discussions as well as trips to CHHSM ministries in the Chicago area. A variety of CHHSM leaders will come together to offer students their wisdom and advice, ranging from theologically grounded leadership to practical matters such as human resources and financial management.

    The course will take place May 19-23 at Chicago Theological Seminary. Each day will include six-to-seven hours of in-person instruction and discussion. Students will also be expected to do after-hours work, such as reading and writing.

    This course is open to CTS students and to the wider public either for graduate credit or as a non-credit audit. The cost to take the course for graduate credit is $1821. Auditors will pay $501. Those who are not current CTS students and would like to take the course either for credit or as an auditor should contact the CTS registrar Elena Jimenez at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a registration form. Registration for the course will open April 21.

    Texts for the course are listed on the CTS website.

    If you have any questions, contact the Rev. Danielle Bartz, CHHSM program associate, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 216-538-7657, or Elena Jimenez, CTS Registrar at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..