The Adjutant Corps is a ministry of service. Anyone who wishes to serve in the adjutancy must have an attitude of servitude. No adjutant looks forward to recognition, praise, honor, or even a courteous thank-you. Often adjutants serve without any type of recompense.
The adjutant is to make sure that the leader is sanctified in the eyes of the people. Knowing the leader is sanctified in the eyes of the people is the adjutant’s greatest reward.
The adjutancy also is a ministry of protocol. The scripture tells us that “All things must be done in decency and in order”.
The adjutant’s most pressing concern is to make sure that everything is in order and according to protocol. This may include seating, processional, securing proper quarters for visiting leaders and insuring the jurisdictional leader of proper honor and respect.
Serving as an Adjutant
The adjutant, also known as the armor-bearer, serves the pastor or leader in any way possible. The adjutant acts as a spiritual equivalent to a personal assistant. Generally, women serve women, and men serve men. The job description of an adjutant can vary as much as the leader desires. The adjutant must have the spirit of the pastor or leader whom they serve.
During Biblical times, the armor-bearer carried the shield and other weapons for the king. Armor-bearers served both King Saul and his son, Jonathon. The main duty of the biblical armor-bearer was to protect the warrior during the battle. The title stayed in church contexts and came to mean those who protected leaders during the heat of spiritual conflict.
1 Sam 14:6-7
“And Jonathan said to the young man that bare his armour, Come, and let us go over unto the garrison of these uncircumcised: it may be that the LORD will work for us: for there is no restraint to the LORD to save by many or by few. And his armourbearer said unto him, Do all that is in thine heart: turn thee; behold, I am with thee according to thy heart.”
As an adjutant, you must learn to serve and anticipate the needs of the one you serve. An adjutant must be: faithful, understanding of your personal identity, a person of prayer, watchful, persevering and a person of integrity who can guard confidences. As an adjutant, you MUST BE SPIRITUAL! An adjutant can remain positive by realizing and appreciating the importance of the calling to serve God and the leader.
Because of the intimate manner in which an adjutant relates to the leader, negative attitudes can abound if the adjutant is not careful. Misunderstandings and conflicts can easily cause a separation between the pastor and the adjutant. Other negative attitudes such as: rebellion, attention-seeking, feeling ignored, unappreciated or overlooked, controlling, critical deception, pride, competition, and public disapproval of leadership. To avoid these and other attitudes, the adjutant must be teachable and an excellent communicator.
The duties of the adjutant vary greatly depending on the leader’s preferences; however, the main role of an adjutant is to be an intercessor and watchman for the pastor/leader. The ability to support the leader in prayer will benefit the leader immensely. The adjutant must also possess refined perception regarding future situations or events that require extra preparation or rest for the leader.
The adjutant should possess characteristics of a servant so he/she can encourage the leader. Most pastors prefer that they mesh well with the adjutant in personality, doctrinal views, and ministry focus. In order to be a successful adjutant, you must possess the spirit of the one you serve. For these reasons, the pastor chooses an adjutant to serve him/her according to their personal preferences of qualifications they want their adjutant to possess.