The Pastor’s Assistance Ministry serves as a spiritual, financial and emotional support system for the Pastor, as well as his family. Ministry members may be privy to details or areas of the pastor’s life that other congregants may not be aware of. Working as a pastor’s assistant ministry member requires the highest level of confidentiality.
Anything the pastor needs, the Pastor’s Assistance Ministry is there to ensure he gets it. Their goal is to ensure there is no lack for the pastor or his direct family members, including his spouse and children. This may include providing the pastor and his family with lodging, transportation and meals, whether he is home or away from home. If the pastor needs anything during his sermons, such as water, juice or mints, the ministry ensures that these items are on hand and made available to the pastor.
Additionally, the Pastor’s Assistance Ministry is responsible for showing emotional support and appreciation to the pastor on behalf of the other congregants. On occasion, the ministry may host a celebratory service for the pastor and his family. The ministry recognizes occasions such as anniversaries, birthdays and Father’s Day.
Whenever a guest minister comes to speak at the church, the Pastor’s Assistance Ministry is responsible for anticipating his needs. In many cases, someone from the committee will reach out to the guest minister or his assistant to see if he/she has any special needs or preferences. For instance, the guest minister may prefer grape juice as he/she ministers. The pastor’s assistants helps to ensure the guest minister is comfortable during his/her time away from his/her home church.
Rev. BerNard Stroud, Pastor’s Assistant President