10 Things I Learned When I Was an Associate Minister

by Robert Earl Houston

1. Never advertise where you’re going to preach. Some church members want to hear only their pastor.

2. Trust God in the process.

3. Never criticize or fight your or another pastor – it will come back to haunt you. And, it opens you to reap the same when (or if) you pastor.

4. Always have a sermon ready – you never know when you may have to preach on the spot.

5. Never enter another church’s pulpit without invitation from the Pastor. It’s better to be asked up than asked down.

6. Encourage your pastor and fellow associates.

7. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy your time as an associate. The day may come when you wind up as a pastor and you’ll look back on the days when you sat under your pastor, etc.

8. Stick by your pastor. Repeat stick by your pastor.

9. Never end a sermon without expressing the hope and power of the crucifixion, the burial, and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

10. Now is the time to start investing in your ministry. Instead of $800 gators on your feet, get Logos or Word Search. Instead of $1,500 to hang out in Vegas, use that money and go to IC3 or E.K. Bailey or other major conferences that will bless your ministry.

This is not a criticism nor a critique. This is just a few words from someone who has been an Associate Minister, an Interim Pastor, an Administrative Assistant, and a Senior Pastor. My desire as I knock on the door of 60 is to be a blessing to preachers and pastors, especially this next generation – which I believe will be THE critical generation to the Church.

5 responses

  1. Lashawn Kaigler | Reply

    I really do love the advice you give and all the post you sent thank you. As a associate Minister I appreciate this

  2. charleshightower578036708 | Reply

    Hey baby, Another article that may be of interest to you. Let me know what you think.

    Love, Chuckie

    But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him” 1 Corinthians 2:9

    *Rev. Charles Hightower* Pastor

    *The Baptist Church of All Nations* 61 Winthrop Street Taunton, MA 02780


    Associational Resource Coordinator Samuel Stillman Association The American Baptist Churches Of Massachusetts

    1. Did you mean this reply to be sent to me?

  3. Albert L Bob III | Reply

    My name is Reverend Albert Leon Bob III, I am a licensed ordained minister have Pastor churches two churches in the past and I’m looking to move to the Topeka Kansas area and hopefully upon arrival I will be able to find a church home that have a vacant pulpit searching the internet I came across your blog and hopefully you may be able to help me locate a church with a vacancy.

    1. Thanks for the note. No, I don’t know of any church in the Topeka area (I don’t think I’ve ever been notified about a church in that area).

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by Pastor Robert Earl Houston

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