Associate Pastors: Ministry from the Middle
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Associate Pastors: Ministry from the Middle  -     By: Michael Matthew Mauriello

Associate Pastors: Ministry from the Middle

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The core content of Associate Pastors: Ministry from the Middle comes from personal interviews with twenty-five associate pastors in small-to-medium-sized churches who have served in pastoral ministry positions for more than ten years. Their shared experiences demonstrate the unique social and spiritual dynamics of the associate pastor role and suggest great promise for those willing to approach their calling with creativity and care. Specifically, when associate pastors facilitate learning within their congregations, they confer benefits on church leadership and laypeople alike.

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Title: Associate Pastors: Ministry from the Middle
By: Michael Matthew Mauriello
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Kregel Ministry
Publication Date: 2022
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 (inches)
Weight: 9 ounces
ISBN: 0825447445
ISBN-13: 9780825447440
Stock No: WW5447440

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Rather than simply leading or following, why not consider stewarding?

Associate pastors of all kinds--whether assigned to children, youth, worship, adult, or outreach--are often caught in the middle of complicated relationships in their congregations. It's an emotionally taxing and organizationally confusing position. In Associate Pastors, Michael Matthew Mauriello demonstrates how associate pastors can harness the ambiguity that accompanies their role in ways that can mutually benefit church members and other pastoral staff.

The heart of Associate Pastors comes from personal interviews with twenty-five associate pastors in small-to-medium-sized churches who have served in pastoral ministry positions for more than ten years. Their shared experiences demonstrate the unique social and spiritual dynamics of the associate pastor role and suggest great promise for those willing to approach their calling with creativity and care. Specifically, when associate pastors facilitate learning within their congregations, they confer benefits on church leadership and laypeople alike.

"Dr. Michael Mauriello's research is fueled by his love for God and the desire to see pastors flourish. Associate Pastors: Ministry from the Middle is a must-read for Christian leaders." --Deborah Colwill, associate professor of educational and leadership studies, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

"Dr. Michael Mauriello has written a thoughtful and well-researched guide for associate pastors who want to understand the dynamics and strategic advantages of their role. He not only understands the position, but he can help pastors serve effectively from the middle seat." --Lee Eclov, adjunct professor, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; columnist, PreachingToday.com

"This is a much-needed contribution to resources addressing the unique role of associate pastors--those who 'navigate complicated relationships as a pastoral practice.'" --Donald C. Guthrie, executive director, Center for Transformational Churches, Jeanette L. Hsieh Chair of Educational Leadership and director of the PhD (educational studies), Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Author Bio

Michael Matthew Mauriello (PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is assistant professor of Christian ministry at LeTourneau University and the director of church relations, training, and assessment at the Passage Institute for Youth and Theology, a one-year discipleship program for high school students. He has more than ten years of experience as an associate pastor in EFCA churches.

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“Associate pastors remind me of someone assigned the middle seat between two men who will die early from heart disease on an airplane—the senior pastor on one side and the congregation on the other. It can be tough to get comfortable and get anything done. Dr. Michael Mauriello, who was once my Associate, has written a thoughtful and well-researched guide for associate pastors who want to understand the dynamics and strategic advantages of their role. He not only understands the position, but he can help pastors serve effectively from the middle seat.” -- retired pastor, adjunct professor, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School,

columnist, PreachingToday.com

"Dr. Michael Mauriello is a trusted wise guide to associate pastors seeking to understand their complex role in church ministry. Michael’s research is fueled by his love for God and the desire to see pastors flourish. Associate Pastors: Ministry from the Middle is a must-read for Christian leaders." -- associate professor of educational and leadership studies, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

“As Michael Mauriello points out, associate pastors must be secure in their own relationship with God and skilled in the art of facilitating ministry from ‘the middle.’ By thoughtfully synthesizing insights from current resources, the author presents six critical tasks that the associate pastor would be ‘wise to adopt. This is a much-needed contribution to resources addressing the unique role of associate pastors—those who ‘navigate complicated relationships as a pastoral practice.’” -- Director of the PhD (educational studies)

executive director of the Center for Transformational Churches,

professor of educational ministries, the Jeanette L. Hsieh Chair of Educational Leadership,

Trinity Evangelical Divin

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