In the world of youth ministers, education pastors, and other associate pastors, there is a misconception that these supporting ministers are likened to ‘second chairs’ to their senior pastors. In an orchestra, second chairs play to the lead of the first chair. This analogy of associate pastors to second chairs is an inherently incomplete comparison rife with misguided assumptions about the role of the associate pastor in relation to a senior pastor.
Working on a church staff under a senior pastor can be a rewarding experience but also a ministry killer. After interviewing dozens of associate pastors and youth ministers, one clear indicator of longevity of church staff is how much of a micromanger the senior pastor is. Many senior pastors feel that since they are the “one in charge” that seniors must direct every decision of their staff. The years of experience that the senior pastor has accrued leads many seniors to think that they know everything about ministry.by