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By Stella Nnodim
University News Service
April 12, 2013      
Howard Business School Hosts Inaugural Leadership Program for Ministers

- The Howard University School of Business hosted its first week-long Executive Leadership Program for Ministers from April 8-12. This five-day executive program was taught on campus by the School of Business faculty.

The Executive Leadership Program for Ministers included an intensive study of strategic leadership, strategic planning, financial management, technology, social media strategies and other topics.

The leadership program was developed in recognition of today’s complex church organizations that increasingly rely on leaders who are competent in business and fiscal affairs.

“When thinking about ministry, we often think of the spiritual piece,” said Kim R. Wells, director of Executive Education at the Howard University School of Business. “However, this program truly highlighted the importance of restoring the role of the chief executive and giving participants the tools and techniques to manage their respective ministries effectively.”

The leadership program featured a case competition where participants were organized into teams to develop a strategic plan to rebuild a church. The program concluded with a luncheon, pinning ceremony, and a certificate presentation.

“All aspects of the program were exceptional, but what stood out were the lessons on using technology to engage, advance, and promote my church,” said Pastor T.E. Simmons of Reedy Fork Baptist Church in Simpsonville, S.C. “My plans going forward are to implement what I learned this week by meeting with my ministry to conduct an analysis of our organization.”

The next Executive Leadership Program for Ministers is scheduled for fall 2013 and spring 2014. More details about registration will be announced later.

To learn more, contact Kim Wells, director of Executive Education, School of Business at 202-806-1610 or

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