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Associate Pastor



Help the Pastor tend to the flock.

What does an Associate Pastor do?

An Associate Pastor is a part- or full-time church employee who assists the senior Pastor. Because they manage churches and preach religious teachings, Pastors are considered God’s helpers (and oftentimes his hands). Pastors need help, too, however, which is why they hire you.

As an Associate Pastor, you manage assigned tasks and oversee designated ministries (a ministry is defined as a specific population of churchgoers, such as singles, divorcees, seniors, or youth). No matter your ministry, your most common tasks include planning and managing events for church ministries, including Sunday schools and community service projects. Other tasks include supervising church volunteers, counseling members of the church, and assisting with all church services and ceremonies, like baptisms, weddings, and funerals. You also collaborate with the senior Pastor and church board of Directors on strategic planning and goal-setting, the purpose of which is making sure the church is spiritually relevant and financially viable.

Because you’re essentially a Pastor in training, perhaps your most important duty is filling in for the senior Pastor when he’s away – the most critical part of which is delivering sermons in his absence. Depending on the size of your congregation, other tasks might include attending inter-church activities, participating in inter-church fellowships, or coordinating and leading mission trips. Ultimately, however, you really have just one job: preaching and expounding the word of God!

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