Associates in Ministry
Associates In Ministry (AIMs) are commissioned lay ministers who serve in the areas of education, service, music, and administration within the institutions of the church to support ministry. They work in partnership with and support of ministries within congregations, synods, and church related agencies. An Associate in Ministry can be, for example, a director of music, a youth minister, a teacher of music and drama, or parish, synod or agency administrator.
The partnerships provided by those who serve on this lay roster are of deep value to the church. Some Associates in Ministry serve in staff positions in congregations where the position includes more than one area of specialty. An Associate in Ministry may also be called by a synod to a non-congregational setting such as a social service agency, counseling center, college or seminary faculty, or synod staff.