An MBA for God?
Marianne Tierney December 17, 2007 - 3:21pm
After I had beenvolunteering in the Gulf Coast for a few months, my parents started to get nervous that I would spend the majority of my life as a full-time volunteer. One day I received an envelope in the mail from mytax-attorney father. I opened it up and did not find a letter or even a short note, buta soleclipping fromThe BostonGlobe about Boston College's plan to begina graduate program focusing on Church Ministry Administration - sort of an MBA withheart, as I understood it. It was really a very nice gesture by my dad since it was a small way to combine our varied interests - business and God.This weekend, The New York Timesreported on the Boston College program as well as similar programs that exist at schools like Notre Dame and Villanova. I think its a little too early to tell what kind of impact these programs will have on the future of the Church, but there clearly is a need for them. Says BC's Thomas H. Groome of the program:
This is not about turning the church into a business, or making sure its managed like any other institution in corporate America. Its about employing good business practices that enhance the mission of the church.
About the Author
Marianne L. Tierney is a PhD student in theology at Boston College.