The Associate Pastor is appointed by the conference to assist the Head Pastor in oversight of the affairs of the local church or district. The Associate Pastor is ordained/commissioned, or is preparing for ordination/commission, and by virtue of ordination/commission is qualified to function in all rites and ceremonies. The Associate Pastor is often specialized in youth ministries or other specific areas.
Duties & Responsibilities
- Serve as the congregation’s spiritual support in conjunction with the Head Pastor.
- Regularly and effectively communicate with the Head Pastor, church members, church and/or school board(s), conference, etc. regarding pertinent issues.
- Cooperate with the locally elected church officers.
- Model and train members in evangelism, assimilation, and all systems of the church.
- Instruct and train others in their duties and plan with them for all lines of church work and activity.
- Preparing individuals for baptism in the church who have manifested a desire to become SDA church members, as well as ministering to the spiritual needs of the existing church members of church.
- Visiting church members, especially those unable to attend church service because of age, sickness, disability, or who reside in nursing or convalescence homes.
- Regularly check email and phone messages and respond to requests for information in a timely manner.
- Support Adventist Christian Education and, for churches with a constituent school, serve as a member of the school board and cooperate with the school staff in agreed upon ways of ministering to the students and their families.
- Attend and actively participate in pastors, workers, and area cluster meetings.
- Other duties as appropriate or assigned.
- A Seventh-day Adventist church member in regular standing, and a desire to serve in a cooperative, spiritually redemptive, and soul-winning atmosphere. Must have an expressed commitment to Jesus Christ, the teachings and mission of the Church.
- Must have a Bachelor of Arts in Theology, Religious Studies, or similar; or equivalent relevant experience. Prefer Masters of Divinity or similar.
- Prefer 3-5 years of directly applicable pastoral experience.
- Must have above-average people skills, and be able to relate positively and effectively with the public in.
- Must be able to clearly communicate complex ideas in both public and private settings.
- Must demonstrate a willingness to work cooperatively with Conference administration and personnel.
- Must be able to write and speak English at a basic level, prefer fluency.