The Vile Practices of Church Leadership

Finance and Administration

By Nate Berneking Published
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A primer for every pastor and senior church leader on finance and administration.

Many pastors—just like the rest of the population--lack a basic understanding of financial and administrative matters. Most of us feel unprepared in matters of personal budgeting, health insurance, retirement savings and taxes. Finance and administration are often considered tedious, un-compelling, even ‘vile’ tasks. But pastors are required to offer leadership around these issues in a congregation.  And so, since their pastors are poorly equipped in this area, many congregations struggle with budgeting, accounting, staff management, employee benefits, tax and basic legal matters.  

Author Nate Berneking, attorney and MDiv., manages the finance and administration of a large denominational organization, and offers his expert counsel and practical advice here. Vile Practices provides theological language to equip pastors and other leaders to translate these matters for themselves, so that they can effectively lead their congregations. The first part of the book explores several personal matters for pastors, from budgeting to taxes. The second part demonstrates how to lead congregations in their own financial and administrative matters.



“Handling money doesn’t seem to come naturally to most pastors or congregations. Both need help. Nate Berneking provides a valuable resource for pastors to help themselves and assist their congregations to understand and employ effective and faithful financial practices grounded in faith and implemented with integrity.”

—Lovett H. Weems, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Church Leadership, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC


“This book covers the most salient issues related to both church financial administration and personal financial stewardship. This is an excellent read and a great how-to guide.”

—Keith Cox, Treasurer and Director of Administrative Services, North Georgia Conference, The United Methodist Church


About the Author

Nate Berneking

Nate Berneking is the Director of Financial and Administrative Ministries of the Missouri United Methodist Annual Conference.  Find out more at