Administration as Leadership

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Because there are so many facets to the overall responsibility of a religious educator, it is imperative to keep in mind the big picture of the role. It is easy to get bogged down in a maze
of administrative details or to see this as the limit of what the religious educator is capable of offering to the congregation. Learning effective management and organizational strategies will
help the religious educator gain the perspective needed to achieve a healthy balance among all the elements of religious education leadership. Capitalizing on one’s energy for the work
and acquiring a solid foundation in the management skills that are needed will free up the time needed to strengthen other aspects of religious education leadership.

Goals and Learning Objectives

The overall goals of this module are:

  • To set the administrative duties in the context of the larger portfolio of religious education leadership
  • To appreciate the importance of strong organizational and management skills in administration
  • To survey effective means for educating, engaging and appreciating those who share in faith development
  • To explore strategies for healthy communication, decision making and delegation.

Effective management and organizational skills are critical to the administrative role. Over the course of the module the following areas will be explored:

  • Being a professional consistent with official employment documents and the guidelines of LREDA (Liberal Religious Educators Association)
  • A collegial and collaborative staff dedicated to right relations
  • The art and science of orienting, recruiting and appreciating volunteers
  • Policies and procedures to ensure a congregation that is safe for all.
  • Healthy and effective means of communication
  • Normalization of conflict and guidelines for resolution
  • Delegation that helps to manage the time of the religious educator and volunteers

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