What Are the Duties of a Pastoral Aid?


A pastor’s aid is a person who assists a pastor of a church in many different ways. People appointed to this position must demonstrate strong leadership and commitment skills and must have an outstanding Christian attitude. Aids must be kind, patient, loving and caring to all people. Many churches appoint several pastors’ aids as part of a committee. The committee works together in assisting the pastor and the church by completing various duties.

Church's Mission

  • A pastor’s aid must demonstrate the heart of a servant and be willing to do almost any task asked of him. He must also be diligent in noticing things that must be completed and taking the initiative to do them. All the duties that the pastor’s aid completes should be according to the mission of the church. He should do as much as he can to support the church’s goals and mission and to reach out to help the pastor and his family in whatever ways are needed.

Pastor's Absence

  • During times when the pastor is absent, due to illnesses or vacations, the pastor’s aid is responsible for overseeing many of the pastor’s regular duties. This includes helping the church hire substitute pastors to preach, visiting those who are hospitalized and assisting members and committees of the church with questions or problems.

Spiritual Support

  • One vital duty of a pastor’s aid is to provide spiritual support to the pastor, his family and the church. He must be dedicated to praying for the pastor and his family and to encouraging church members to also pray for the pastor. This person must be diligent in knowing the pastor and his family’s needs. He must also provide prayer for members of the church that become ill or that are in nursing homes or retirement homes. If the aid sees a need among the ill or elderly, he should take it upon himself to try to fill the need. If he cannot fill the need, he should gather together people in the church that can.

Special Occasions

  • A pastor’s aid normally coordinates special events such as activities for the pastor’s birthday and anniversary. He also assists in funeral preparations and dinner events for members of the church and their families. This also includes sending flowers and providing monetary gifts from the church when necessary.

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