What Are the Duties of an Associate Minister?


An associate minister often works with and under the director of a church pastor. Many associate ministers receive theological or seminary training, while others are trained by a pastor. Regardless of the method of training, associate ministers are expected to fulfill a wide range of duties ranging from teaching to visiting sick and elderly persons.

Teaching and Education

  • Associate ministers often help to oversee a church's Christian education program and may also design education curriculum. They teach Sunday school classes and classes related to family life, young adults, married couples and single parents. Associate ministers also teach at prisons and homeless shelters, and run Bible study and prayer groups.

Administrative duties

  • Besides being houses of worship, churches are also businesses with daily operational obligations. Associate ministers may be integral members of a church's administrative staff. Administrative duties include supervising church staff members and custodial staff along with assigning tasks and responsibilities to them. Associate ministers may also manage supply orders and salaries. Some associate ministers carry keys to the church and are responsible for opening and locking the building.


  • Many associate ministers visit nursing homes, hospitals and funeral homes to pray with individuals experiencing hard times. For churches without a visitation ministry, associate ministers help create and implement one. As part of membership drives, they may visit with members of the community and explain the church's message and mission. Ultimately associate ministers are ambassadors for the churches they represent.

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