In churches with an active congregation, a pastor's aid committee is often formed to support the pastor. The committee, formed by volunteers, helps the pastor carry out his duties; the goal of the committee is to take care of as many details as possible so the pastor can perform her ministry worry-free.
The pastor's aid committee organises and staffs fundraisers for the church. Committee members plan each event, schedule a location, round up volunteers, clean up, and disburse funds into the church account. Fundraisers range from traditional bake sales to more extensive efforts, and are often used to pay for projects including bible camps, mission trips, and community outreach.
Celebrate the pastor's service
The pastor's aid committee takes the lead in creating a community around the pastor and ensuring that he is welcomed into the church family. The committee sponsors events to celebrate special events in the pastor's life and will often organise parties or dinners in honour and appreciation of the pastor's service. Committee members may host events at their homes, the church, or other locations. Often, the committee will plan gifts for birthdays, holidays, and other occasions, and will raise funds by collecting donations from church members.
Participating in prayer groups
Often, the pastor's aid committee helps the pastor fulfil prayer requests from the congregation during weekly prayer groups. They sort through requests and systematically offer prayers to alleviate the suffering of church members, and may also choose requests to be held up during church services for the entire congregation to support.
Assist the pastor
At the request of the pastor, the aid committee may take care of a variety of duties around the church or in the congregation. Members may accompany the pastor on home or hospital visits, handle administrative duties, organise and restock church supplies, or provide office assistance. The aide committee usually attempts to anticipate the needs of the pastor and fill them before she asks.
Provide emotional and spiritual support
In times of crisis, the pastor's aid committee provides a support system for the pastor. He may look to committee members to act as sounding boards, provide advice, or simply be there for emotional support. Committee members are often older churchgoers who can offer the wisdom of age to younger pastors.