A dead-end job? A sure route to burn-out? Congregational staff ministry is neither according to Kevin Lawson. Rather, he presents ample evidence that associate staff ministry is a calling with its own identity, integrity, and exciting possibilities. Based on his groundbreaking study of 500-plus associate staff members in 16 denominations, Lawson demonstrates here the communication and self-care skills that people in these often highly specialized positions can utilize to grow beyond mere survival into dynamic ministry. Foreword by Lovett Weems, Jr., President of St. Paul School of Theology.