MIN402 Church Governance and Management (8)

This subject introduces students to the key aspects of governance and management in an ecclesial context. The student will examine the role of boards and councils in their own ecclesial setting with particular reference to the responsibilities and duties of board and council members. Students will examine the basic models and theological perspectives associated with church governance and management and develop an understanding of the legal and ethical issues associated with governance and management of churches.


Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Canberra Campus
Canberra Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: MIN402. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Theology

Enrolment Restrictions

Only available to student enrolled in Master of Ministry Articulated Set

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an advanced knowledge of the role of boards and councils in their ecclesial setting;
  • be able to articulate the duties and responsibilities of board and council members;
  • be able to demonstrate skills in understanding and interpreting reports to governance boards or councils;
  • be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the legal and ethical issues associated with ecclesial governance and management;
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the place of theological reflection in ecclesial governance and management; and
  • be able to demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills in meeting procedures and the management of conflict in board/council meetings.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Defining governance roles
  • Key board functions in governance
  • Board processes
  • Board effectiveness
  • Models for meetings
  • Understanding and interpreting reports
  • Ecclesial and Not-for-profit vs corporate contexts
  • The place of theological reflection in governance and management
  • The role of an ecclesial board in setting strategy
  • Management of conflict

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of MIN402 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Description of ecclesial governance structures
Theological reflection on a conflict issue
Essay: improving governance effectiveness
Discussion: key board responsibilities and reports

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.