- How to conduct a wedding, funeral, or baptism service
- How to form a church budget, manage the budget, or underwrite the budget
- How to lead a board meeting, recruit volunteers, raise money, hire & fire staff
- How to structure ministries for children or teenagers, missions, or small groups
- How to handle difficult people
- Basic business practices to keep a church legal
- Leadership principles (especially as the church grows larger)
- How to handle conflict
- Construction and building project management
- Human resources, salary structure, employee training, and how to conduct performance evaluations
- How to set goals and objectives
- How to preach in an engaging manner
- How to protect my marriage while trying to fix other people’s marriage
- How to be a good father when my time is often stretched with other people’s children
These skills I had to learn in the filed, in the school of hard knocks, under the leadership of other successful pastors. They know the 'real world' of ministry - not the lofty naive one.
That’s why CONFERENCES are better than classrooms, and SEMINARS are better than seminaries – they are led by real church leaders who lead on the front lines. From them you will actually learn something that is useful.