Rawlings School of Divinity


Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


Robert Gowins


Associate Ministers, Fulfillment, Serving, Ministry


Christianity | Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion


Associate Ministers play a vital role in the growth and development of healthy churches. Yet, too often, they grow impatient with their role and frustrated with their current assignment. This frustration often leads to dysfunction and a lack of spiritual development that ultimately hinders the growth of the church. So, what are the challenges that associate ministers face in serving in subordinate roles of leadership? As an Associate Minister for seven years, this researcher experienced this frustration while serving and waiting on God to open the next door of opportunity. The purpose of this project is to provide a biblical model that will encourage and empower associate ministers to stay faithful and focused while serving at their present church. To accomplish this, the journey of King David, from a shepherd boy to a mighty king, will help provide a biblical model for this project. David waited patiently on the Lord for over fifteen years before he was promoted to king. David’s model of preparation in the field, will aid associate ministers with relational conflict with senior pastors, serve faithfully through frustration, and develop a sense of trust in God. With trained and trusted associate ministers, churches can expand ministry, and pastors will not have to carry such extreme workloads, which will minimize the potential of burnout.