Guest Post by Andrea
We are entering into the month designated for “Pastor Appreciation”. Today I have a great list of ideas of ways to encourage and bless your pastor. God’s Word exhorts us to “Respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work…” 1 Thessalonians 5:12
My husband pastors a small church in the Twin Cities, Minnesota. We are blessed to serve a loving, graceful community of believers, and have often been overwhelmed by the love they have shown our family over the years. Although we have a difficult job at times, we are honored that God has called us and privileged to be in such a loving community!
These simple gifts of encouragement will mean so much to your pastor, and we can all do them.
10 Ways to Encourage Your Pastor
1. Write him a (detailed) note of why you appreciate him, and give a specific example of a situation where God used him to touch your life.
2. Pray for him daily and send him a note now and then to let them know that you were praying for them. (Want a copy of the 12 ways to Pray for Your Pastor? Keep reading!)
How to pray for your pastor?
- Pray specific Scriptures over him and his family.
- Pray for his spiritual life to flourish.
- Pray that he will be strong in the face of opposition
- Pray that he will flee temptation
- Pray that he will be spiritually “wise” and equipped for battle (Ephesians 6)
- Pray that he is sensitive to the leading and conviction of the Holy Spirit
- Pray that he has wisdom to balance ministry, family and other responsibilities
- Pray that he fixes his eyes on the eternal reward and doesn’t get discouraged
- Pray that he humbles himself continually before God
- Pray for he and his wife: that they would be unified, give one another support and understanding, and that they would fight for their marriage on their knees and with their time.
- Pray for he and his children: that he would spend sufficient time with them, validate and affirm them and that he would be present and available.
- Pray that God would grant him breakthrough in his ministry: that he would see lives transformed!
If you’d like to have a copy of these ways to prayer for your pastor to print off an hang on your fridge or put in your Bible, you can download a copy here!
3. Drop him a note during the week to comment on one aspect of his sermon that stuck with you during the week. It will encourage him to know you’re listening! During the sermon, interact: nod your head, smile, and pay attention!
4. Respect your pastor! We, more than anyone else, feel inept and unqualified for what we do but we remember that God called the stuttering Moses to speak to Pharoah. It’s not your pastor’s qualifications that should earn your respect, it’s the call of God on his life. When you disrespect your pastor you are ultimately disrespecting God. One simple way of showing respect is to call him by his title. “Pastor.”
5. Part of respect is open communication. Don’t talk about your pastor: talk honestly TO him! Respect does not mean hiding your feelings, not asking questions. It means to prayerfully, wisely, discreetly and lovingly address them to him.
6. Another aspect of respect is not to participate in or listen to gossip about your pastor. If you hear gossip, have the courage to stop and address it. Encourage the gossiper to meet with the pastor to discuss. Or, tell the gossiper something positive about your pastor. Give a public affirmation of your pastor in this situation.
7. One more aspect of respect: don’t evaluate and judge how your pastor and his family spend their money. This is easy to do when “you” are paying his salary! Yes, they should be good stewards of their finances, but be graceful, knowing that this may look different for their family than it does for your family. Remember Samuel’s admonition to Jesse that God does not look at the outward appearance but at the heart.
8. Ask your pastor if there is any volunteer needs in the church. Be willing to step in, do something different, do something you haven’t done before!
9. Verbally and publically recognize your pastor. Ask your church leadership (elders) if you can share a testimony or appreciation of your pastor on their designated “clergy appreciation Sunday”.
10. Participate in the community life of your church. Attend small groups and potlucks and prayer meetings. Tithe. Volunteer. This is a huge encouragement for your pastor!
Next week, I’ll be sharing ideas on gifts for your pastor (even ones that are free) and how you can also encourage his wife and children. I hope these are a help to you as you try to bless your pastor during Minister Appreciation Month!
Don’t forget to download the 12 Ways to Prayer for Your Pastor:
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