The Associate Pastor is an ordained minister and responsible for assisting the Senior Pastor with ministerial and support needs as they arise. The role of the Associate Pastor is to work in harmony with the Senior Pastor, have a firm grasp on the purpose, values and strategy of the church and align key leadership teams with its mission.
The Associate Pastor is the primary support person for the Senior Pastor and will work alongside clergy and lay ministers to carry out this mission as a member of a team assisting with outreach and missions duties, normally performed by an Outreach Pastor. This includes assisting with service planning and design, periodic speaking, coordination of outside speakers, marketing and advertising, and missions leadership and coordination.
Rev. Irving R. Evans, Jr., STD
“Elders lead the church [1 Tim 5:17; Titus 1:7; 1 Peter 5:1–2], teach and preach the Word [1 Timothy 3:2; 2 Timothy 4:2; Titus 1:9], protect the church from false teachers [Acts 20:17, 28–31], exhort and admonish the saints in sound doctrine [1 Timothy 4:13; 2 Timothy 3:13–17; Titus 1:9], visit the sick and pray [James 5:14; Acts 6:4], and judge doctrinal issues [Acts 15:6]. In biblical terminology, elders shepherd, oversee, lead, and care for the local church” (16).
The Elders have responsibility for the oversight of the church body and the shepherding of its members, and shall have ultimate responsibility for managing the affairs of the church. While the staff directs the various ministries of the church, the elders provide the overarching protection of the body.
Linda Hartley, PhD
Alice Jennings, PhD
Rev. Dorothy Jean Jones, D.Min.
Deauwand Thomas, PhD
Colette Walker, MA