An assistant pastor is a person who assists the pastor in a Christian church. The qualifications, responsibilities and duties vary depending on church and denomination. In many Christian churches, an assistant pastor is a pastor-in-training, and in most cases, they are awaiting full ordination.

 

A good assistant pastor must be marked by the same things as any other pastor. He must possess a love for God, his Word, and his people. He needs to be strong and winsome, a teacher yet teachable, a man of prayer and action. Yet, he also must possess additional qualities. He is not only called to serve the congregation, but also the senior pastor. Whatever his “job description” may be, he must understand that he is assisting. This is essential. Here are some things a good assistant pastor is marked by, traits that, Lord willing, I will strive to acquire more and more of in my life and ministry.

 

 

1. A good assistant pastor is unflinchingly loyal, but not enamored.

2. A good assistant pastor is a listening friend, but one who speaks winsomely.

3. A good assistant pastor faithfully follows and successfully leads.

4. A good assistant pastor operates behind the scenes, and willingly shields the senior pastor.

 

 

CONCLUSION

A good assistant pastor can be one of the greatest blessings a local church enjoys, or it can be one of its greatest struggles. He possesses the ability to support or divide, build or tear down, encourage or discourage. He can be a help or a detriment, a drain on the energies of the church and the senior pastor or one of their greatest refreshments. If you are a good one, keep at it. If you are looking for one, choose carefully. And if you have one, thank him.

arrow