The University of St. Thomas

Church Business Administration

About Us:

The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity of the University of St. Thomas has offered a summer program in Church Business Administration program since 1986.   


The program was founded in 1986 by Dr. Gene Scapanski who directed the program from 1988-2004, Dr. Jan Viktora directed the program from 2004-2009, and the current director, Dr. Charlotte Berres, CSJ was appointed in 2009. 


We also work closely with a network of Church Business Administrators.


The seminars covers the following topics:

Seminar I

  • Property Management
  • Theology of Stewardship
  • Information Management
  • Communication & Marketing
  • Personnel Human Resource Management
  • Office Management
  • Staff Development
  • Congregational Leadership

Seminar II

  • Legal & Tax Matters
  • Theology & Ethics of Church Administration
  • Christian Perspectives & Theology of the Church
  • Strategic Planning
  • Financial Management
  • Stewardship of Self