Management By Objectives
HARVESTIME INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE
This course is part of the Harvestime International Institute
, a program designed to equip
believers for effective spiritual harvest.
The basic theme of the training is to teach what Jesus taught, that which took men who
were fishermen, tax collectors, etc., and changed them into reproductive Christians who
reached their world with the Gospel in a demonstration of power.
This manual is a single course in one of several modules of curriculum which moves
believers from visualizing through deputizing, multiplying, organizing, and mobilizing to
achieve the goal of evangelizing.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
How To Use This Manual
Suggestions For Group Study
1. An Introduction To Management By Objectives
2. A God Of Purpose
5. People And Procedures: Implementing The Plan
6. Perfecting: Evaluating The Plan
Statement Of Purpose.
Organizing People For Ministry
Answers To Self-Tests
HOW TO USE THIS MANUALMANUAL FORMAT
Each lesson consists of:Objectives
: These are the goals you should achieve by studying the chapter. Read them
before starting the lesson.Key Verse
: This verse emphasizes the main concept of the chapter. Memorize it.Chapter Content
: Study each section. Use your Bible to look up any references not
printed in the manual. Self-Test
: Take this test after you finish studying the chapter. Try to answer the
questions without using your Bible or this manual. When you have concluded the Self-
Test, check your answers in the answer section provided at the end of the book. For Further Study
: This section will help you continue your study of the Word of God,
improve your study skills, and apply what you have learned to your life and ministry.Final Examination:
If you are enrolled in this course for credit, you received a final
examination along with this course. Upon conclusion of this course, you should complete
this examination and return it for grading as instructed.ADDITIONAL MATERIALS NEEDED
You will need a King James version of the Bible.
SUGGESTIONS FOR GROUP STUDYFIRST MEETINGOpening
: Open with prayer and introductions. Get acquainted and register the students.Establish Group Procedures
: Determine who will lead the meetings, the time, place, and
dates for the sessions.Praise And Worship
: Invite the presence of the Holy Spirit into your training session.Distribute Manuals To Students
: Introduce the manual title, format, and course objectives
provided in the first few pages of the manual.Make The First Assignment
: Students will read the chapters assigned and take the Self-
Tests prior to the next meeting. The number of chapters you cover per meeting will
depend on chapter length, content, and the abilities of your group.SECOND AND FOLLOWING MEETINGSOpening
: Pray. Welcome and register any new students and give them a manual. Take
attendance. Have a time of praise and worship.Review
: Present a brief summary of what you studied at the last meeting.Lesson
: Discuss each section of the chapter using the HEADINGS IN CAPITAL BOLD
as a teaching outline. Ask students for questions or comments on
what they have studied. Apply the lesson to the lives and ministries of your students.Self-Test
: Review the Self-Tests students have completed. (Note: If you do not want the
students to have access to the answers to the Self-Tests, you may remove the answer
pages from the back of each manual.)For Further Study
: You may do these projects on a group or individual basis.Final Examination
: If your group is enrolled in this course for credit, you received a final
examination with this course. Reproduce a copy for each student and administer the
exam upon conclusion of this course.
Management By Objectives
"Management By Objectives" is a method for conducting Christian ministry in an
orderly, effective manner. It is not enough to just know God's will for your life and
ministry. You must make definite plans to fulfill your spiritual calling. You must learn to
work with God to fulfill His purpose and plans.
A serious problem with many Christian leaders is that of organizing and managing
spiritual resources God has given them. If laborers for spiritual harvest are few, as the
Bible indicates, then they should be effectively organized and managed.
The discipline of organized planning for ministry in no way restricts the freedom of the
Holy Spirit. It makes you even more sensitive because you make a conscious decision to
seek God's purpose and plans. Your faith helps execute God's plan, as God always
responds to faith in action.
This course will help you fulfill the ministry to which God has called you. You will
formulate a purpose for ministry in harmony with God's purpose and plans. You will
learn how to set objectives, implement plans, and evaluate results.
The Appendix of this study contains examples to assist you in practical organization of
ministry within the local church fellowship.
This course is third in a series of three in the "Organizing Module" of training offered by
Harvestime International Network. "Biblical Management Principles"
both precede this course.
It is recommended that these three courses be studied in their suggested order for proper
understanding of leadership, planning, and organization necessary for effective ministry.
Before making plans you need to know Biblical principles for management. You also
should have analyzed the environment in which you are ministering. This course assumes
you have knowledge of "Biblical Management Principles"
and "Environmental Analysis.”
Upon completion of this course you will be able to:
Define "management by objectives.”
Summarize the Biblical foundations of planning.
Identify God's purpose.
Formulate a Statement of Purpose for ministry.
Set ministry objectives.
Organize spiritual resources to accomplish objectives.
Evaluate your activities to perfect your ministry.
Apply "management by objectives" in the local church.
Apply "management by objectives" in your personal life and ministry.
AN INTRODUCTION TO MANAGEMENT BY OBJECTIVESOBJECTIVES
Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to:
Define management by objectives.
Explain the importance of management by objectives.
Deal with opposition to management by objectives.KEY VERSE
:Let all things be done decently and in order. (I Corinthians 14:40)INTRODUCTION
"Management" is the process of accomplishing plans through human, material, and
"Management by objectives" is a procedure for planning and implementing ministry in an
orderly, effective manner. The Bible states: Let all things be done decently and in order. (I Corinthians 14:40)
From the beginning of the Biblical record, God made plans and communicated them to
men and women who carefully recorded and obeyed them.
God had Moses prepare a written plan for the construction of the tabernacle. He gave
David plans for the temple. He had Hezekiah write down his vision in a clear and orderly
This lesson introduces "Management By Objectives.”
You will learn what it involves, its
importance, and how to deal with any opposition which you may encounter. MANAGEMENT BY OBJECTIVES
"Management by objectives" is exactly what the title reflects. It is management of
ministry by objectives. "Management" is another word for "stewardship.” "Stewards" or
"managers" are responsible over something entrusted to them by someone else. As a
believer, you are a steward of spiritual resources God has given which include: The Gospel
: Every believer is a steward of the Gospel. We are to share its message with
: Every believer is a steward of the money God gives to him personally. Those
who handle ministry funds of a church or Christian organization are also stewards of
these funds.Material Resources Of Ministry
: Such as church buildings, property, and equipment.Spiritual Gifts
: Each believer has at least one spiritual gift. You are a steward of your
spiritual gift and your place of ministry in the Body of Christ. Other Believers
: God uses people, not programs, to build His Kingdom. Management or
stewardship involves people. If you are a leader, you are responsible for the people who
work with you in ministry. You are to help them grow spiritually and develop their own
spiritual gifts for the work of the ministry.
You are to be a good steward of these resources. The main requirement of stewards is
that they are to be faithful:Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.
(I Corinthians 4:2)
To be a good manager or steward, you must make plans. The word "objectives" is
another word for "plans" or "goals.” So, management by objectives means "making plans
to be a good manager of the spiritual resources God gives you.”
Jesus told a parable in Matthew 25:14-30 about servants whose master gave them
resources called "talents.” They were told to be good stewards and use the funds wisely.
Every man but one had a plan and successfully followed it. The one who did not make a
plan for his resources and did not use his talent was judged an unfaithful servant.
Jesus encouraged planning:For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and
counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? (Luke 14:28)
When we speak of planning and management in this course we are not talking about
planning as it is done in the secular world of business. We are talking about planning
under the guidance of the Holy Spirit for the purpose of effective ministry. Because God
knows the future, He can give you wisdom in making plans.
Management by objectives will make you a good steward of the Gospel and the ministry
God has given you. It will help you work with God to accomplish His purposes. The
Bible confirms that when people begin to step out and act in faith on a plan, God works
Management by objectives involves:
-Formulating a purpose for ministry in harmony with that of God.
-Making plans to achieve the purpose.
-Organizing people and procedures to implement the plan (implement
means to put it into action).
-Perfecting the plan through evaluation.
Good stewardship and planning is hard work. It takes time and effort. Spiritual works of
wood, hay, and stubble are easier to produce, but are perishable. Gold and silver takes
more effort, but is lasting.Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones,
wood, hay, stubble;Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it,
because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of
what sort it is. (I Corinthians 3:12-13)A BIBLICAL EXAMPLE
The ministry of Jesus was one managed by objectives:PURPOSE
Jesus knew His purpose in God's plan. He made many statements of purpose during His
early ministry. For an example, see Luke 4:18-19.PLAN
Jesus had a plan of ministry. He planned to preach and teach the Gospel, heal the sick,
cast out demons, and do miracles confirming God's Word. He would fulfill God's purpose
by dying for the sins of all mankind, destroying the works of the enemy, and rising from
the dead in power and glory.
Jesus used people in His ministry. He specifically called twelve men to minister with
Him. Later He sent out seventy to minister the Gospel. He also commissioned all
believers to take the Gospel to all nations.PROCEDURE
Jesus had a procedure for fulfilling God's plans. A procedure is a method or way of doing
things. He outlined a procedure for spreading the Gospel in Matthew 10 and Luke 10.PERFECTION:
Jesus evaluated the ministry of His disciples to perfect the plan (Luke 10:17-24). After
the plan was perfected, He commissioned all believers to participate in it (Matthew 28:19-
20 and Acts 1:8).THE IMPORTANCE OF GOOD MANAGEMENT
Good management of the ministry God has given you is very important because it...PROVIDES PURPOSE AND DIRECTION:
If you are to be successful in ministry, then your purpose and plans must be in harmony
with those of God.
When you know your specific purpose for ministry and make plans to fulfill that purpose,
then you can lead others. Good leaders must know where they are going in order to guide
followers. Guidance and unity of ministry involves common purpose and direction.
When there is proper direction, confusion is eliminated:For God is not a God of confusion but of peace. (I Corinthians 14:33)Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. (Ephesians 5:1)
You will learn in this course how God had a purpose and plan from the beginning of time.
If God's activities are not characterized by confusion, then the ministries of His servants
should not be either.
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