Like the second-chair position in an orchestra, a well-prepared associate pastor complements and harmonizes with the senior pastor's ministry to create an exquisite symphony. Yet more often than not, we consider the position of “second fiddle” second rate. Martin Hawkins feels he is fulfilling his calling by faithfully serving in the role of associate pastor, and this book affirms the role of the assistant pastor as a God-honoring ministry worthy of a calling and lifetime of service.
Never before has there been a blend of academic treatment in a very pragmatic manner that talks about the role of the assistant/associate pastor. This book is a must-read for pastors, associates and seminary students.
—Dr. Tony Evans
Martin Hawkins, now retired, served as associate pastor for twenty-five years alongside Dr. Tony Evans at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, Texas. He earned master’s degrees in counseling and theology and a doctorate in ministry.
Kelli Sallman earned a master’s degree in biblical studies from Dallas Theological Seminary and has written and edited for ministries such as Charles Swindoll’s Insight for Living.