The Associate Credential serves two purposes. The first group of AIM Associates are individuals growing in ministry. This is our first step in recognizing their ministry gifts and is a preparation for ordination. They are being mentored in a specific ministry responsibility. The second group includes individuals who have a primary relationship with another organization and wish to also have tangible evidence of their relationship with AIM. Several are the key leader of a network of ministers and become liaisons between this family and AIM.