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In Scripture, an armor-bearer (also spelled armorbearer and armor bearer) was a servant who carried additional weapons for commanders. Abimelech (Judges 9:54), Saul (1 Samuel 16:21), Jonathan (1 Sa...
I can see such a role as one who protects the pastor through sharing the workload and supporting him in prayer. The concept is more applicable in the spiritual realm, where warfare continues today but different weapons are used and different kinds of protection are needed. It is not physical protection that a pastor needs, but protection against attacks by Satan and principalities of this world. Wherever the gospel is preached, there will be opposition of all kinds, and helpers in this kind of fight are desired.
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