To help these groups achieve their goals, Fintel outlines the principles of leadership, management, and administration with the aim of focusing the reader on the fundamental goal of creating a culture of planning. "Developing a culture of planning in our congregations and organizations in never easily done. With Dr. Fintel's five steps and three crucial questions, most of us can be well on our way," says Theodore F. Schneider, Bishop of the Metropolitan Washington DC Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Fintel's book is receiving much praise. Harris Lee, Consultant to Nonprofits, says, "This is a good little book on a subject of growing importance in churches and nonprofit organizations…Leading, governing, planning and developing statements of vision and mission are [now] part of the common vocabulary of pastors, church leaders, and board members, [as well as] CEOs of nonprofit organizations of many kinds."
Fintel was President of Roanoke College from 1975-1989. Fintel helped increase the size of the college's student body as well as the endowment. He instituted a system where financial aid, once solely need-based, was awarded on merit. During his tenure, the size of the Roanoke College faculty increased, with a higher percentage holding terminal degrees. Since retiring from Roanoke College, Fintel has been active in community organizations and has served as interim president for other colleges. Fintel also developed and directed a foundation-funded management audit team dedicated to helping colleges and other non profit organizations strengthen their management.
Roanoke College, the country's second oldest Lutheran-related college, is an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college. Roanoke is one of just 270 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor societies. Roanoke's 1,850 students represent 41 states across the U.S. and 25 foreign countries. Roanoke College offers three degrees: bachelor of business administration, bachelor of arts and bachelor of science.For additional information, call the Roanoke College Public Relations Office at (540) 375-2282.