Having spent more than ten years as an associate in pastoral ministry, Alan R. Rudnick brings a wealth of research and experience to the often undervalued ministry of the associate pastor. Inviting readers to understand associate ministry as more than training ground for a senior pastorate, Rudnick explores the diverse roles and responsibilities that fall under the associate umbrella. From life-stage ministries with children and youth, singles and seniors, to specialized ministry areas such as music, education, pastoral care, and counseling, this volume acknowledges the challenges and opportunities offered to associate pastors in their distinctive ministries. The book's appendix offers practical resources for churches:
- How to plan for an associate
- Sample job descriptions
- Compensation guidelines
Associate ministers also will find a personal assessment, helpful in discerning when to stay and when to leave their associate position. Overall, The Work of the Associate Pastor
is an ideal resource for graduating seminarians seeking associate opportunities, as well as church leaders looking to establish an associate position.