Each course in the Master of Science in Christian Administration requires two textbooks. Because of the curriculum structure and specific subject matter in each course, there are books from Christian and secular perspectives. No electives may be used to replace the eight core courses in the Master of Science in Christian Administration Curriculum.

Each course may be personalized by the books you choose. You will choose two required books from the list provided for each course. Select the books which will meet your expectations for the degree program outcomes, and how they will customize the course to benefit your ministry or profession.

Courses and Textbooks

Management 501
Choose the two required textbooks from the six titles listed below.

Management Essentials for Christian Ministries… Michael Anthony and James Estep

Management: A Biblical Approach… Myron D. Rush

Church Operations Manual: A Step-by-Step Guide to Effective Church Management… Stan Toler

The Management Methods of Jesus: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Business… Bob Briner

Mastering the Management Buckets: 20 Critical Competencies for Leading Your Business… John Pearson

Management Principles for Christian Schools… PJames W. Deuink and Brian A. Carruthers

Communication 501
Choose the first required textbook from the two titles listed below.

Communication and Conflict Management: In Churches and Christian Organizations… Kenneth O. Gangel and Samuel L. Canine

Communication for a Change: Seven Keys to Irresistible Communication… Andy Stanley and Lane Jones

Choose the second required textbook from the four titles listed below.

Authentic Communication: Christian Speech Engaging Culture… Tim Muehlhoff and Todd V. Lewis

Understanding Evangelical Media: The Changing Face of Christian Communication... Quentin J. Shultze and Robert H. Woods

Business the Bible Way: Christlike Communication Within Corporate Culture… Bob M. Wood

Paradigm Shifts in Christian Witness: Insights from Anthropology, Communication, and Spiritual Power… Charles E. Van Engen, J. Dudley Woodberry, and Darrell Whiteman

Finance 501
Choose the two required textbooks from the five titles listed below.

Money Matters in Church: A Practical Guide for Leaders… Steve Stroope and Aubrey Malphurs

Make Your Church’s Money Work: Achieving Financial Integrity in Your Congregation… John Temple

The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World… Niall Ferguson

How to Increase Giving in Your Church: A Practical Guide to the Sensitive Task of Raising Money for Your Church or Ministry… George Barna

Ministry and Money: A Practical Guide for Pastors… Janet Jamieson and Philip Jamieson

Marketing and the Internet 501

Choose the first required textbook from the three titles listed below.

Church Marketing 101: Preparing Your Church for Greater Growth… Richard Reising

The Fundamentals of Creative Advertising… Ken Burtenshaw, Nik Mahon, and Caroling Barfoot

Ministry Marketing Made Easy: A Practical Guide to Marketing Your Church Message… Yvon Prehn

Choose the second required textbook from the three titles listed below.

Thy Kingdom Connected: What the Church Can Learn from Facebook, the Internet, and Other Networks… Dwight J. Friesen

Web-Empower Your Church: Unleashing the Power of Internet Ministry… Mark Morgan Stephenson

Net Casters: Using the Internet to Make Fishers of Men… Craig Von Buseck

Ethical Leadership 501

Choose the first required textbook from the two titles listed below.

Just Business: Christian Ethics for the Marketplace… Alexander Hill

Evangelical Christian Executives: A New Model for Business Corporations… Lewis D. Solomon

Choose the second required textbook from the four titles listed below.

Leadership Handbook of Management and Administration… James D. Berkley

Christian Reflections on the Leadership Challenge… James M. Kouzes, Barry Z. Posner, and John C. Maxwell

Coaching Ministry Teams: Leadership and Management in Christian Organizations… Kenneth O. Gangel

How to Run Your Business by the Book: A Biblical Blueprint to Bless Your Business… Dave Anderson and John C. Maxwell

Administration 501

Choose the first required textbook from the four titles listed below.

Business Lessons from the Edge: Learn how Extreme Athletes Use Intelligent Risk Taking to Succeed in Business… Jim McCormick and Maryann Karinch

Church Administration: Programs, Process, Purpose (Theology & the Sciences)… Robert N. Bacher and Michael L. Cooper-White

Church Administration: Creating Efficiency for Effective Ministry… Robert H. Welch

Church Administration and Finance Manual: Resources for Leading the Local Church… Otto F. Crumroy, Jr., Stan Kukawka, and Frank M. Witman

Choose the second required textbook from the four titles listed below.

Administration in the Small Membership Church (Ministry in the Small Membership Church)… John H. Tyson

The Business Tree: Growth Strategies and Tactics for Surviving and Thriving… Hank Moore

Foundations of Church Administration: Professional Tools for Leadership… Bruce Peterson, Edward A. Thomas, and Bob Whitesel

Feeding & Leading: Practical Handbook on Administration in Churches and Christian Organizations… Kenneth O. Gangel


Strategy and Planning 501

Choose the first required textbook from the four titles listed below.

Church and Ministry Strategic Planning: From Concept to Success… William Winston, Robert E. Stevens, David L. Louden, and R. Henry Migliore

Strategic Thinking: A Nine Step Approach to Strategy and Leadership for Managers and Marketers… Simon Wootton and Terry Horne

Success Planning: A “How-to” Guide for Strategic Planning… Rebecca Staton-Reinstein

Designing Worship Together: Models and Strategies for Worship Planning… Norma Dewaal Malefyt, Howard Vanderwell, and Robert Webber

Choose the second required textbook from the four titles listed below.

Non-Profit Strategy Revolution: Real Time Strategic Planning in a Rapid Response World… David La Piana

Awesomely Simple: Essential Business Strategies for Turning Ideas Into Action… John Spence

Planning Strategies for World Evangelism… Edward R. Dayton

Dynamic Strategy-Making: A Real-Time Approach for the 21st Century Leader… Larry E. Greiner and Thomas G. Cummings


Economics 501

Choose the first required textbook from the two titles listed below.

Economics Today: A Christian Critique… Donald A. Hay

Alternatives to Economics: Christian Socio-economic Perspectives… Clive S. Beed

Choose the second required textbook from the three titles listed below.

Capitalism and Freedom: Fortieth Anniversary Edition… Milton Friedman

Tools and the Man: Property and Industry Under the Christian Law… Washington Gladden

To Serve God and Wal-Mart: The Making of Christian Free Enterprise… Bethany Moreton

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