So, October is Pastor Appreciation month. Today is the last day, but you don’t need it to be Pastor Appreciation Month to appreciate your Pastor. So, I thought I would chime in on a few really simple ways to appreciate your Pastor.
Yesterday I was the guest speaker at Connect Church in Washington, IL. It was planted and is lead by Dave Jane. He’s a brilliant Pastor! They’re a great Church! Doing amazing things for the Kingdom.
At one moment, a key leader in the Church got on stage and brought up the paid staff. They gave each staff member and their spouses a small gift and an envelope. They showed some pictures of them on the screen, they thanked them and they prayed for them. It was an awesome moment! Simple, yet profound.
I hope and pray more Churches do that than not.
3 Simple Ways
Pray. And, here’s the deal. Really pray for them. Don’t just say you do, actually do it.
Pray for them, their spouse, their kids, their leadership, their ministry, their finances and their health. Ask God for His favor on them. Ask God to give them wisdom. Ask God to raise up a network of people who will encourage them.
And, let them know you’re praying for them!
Support. And, here’s the deal. Really support them. This is HUGE! I believe this fully, you are actually holding back the forward momentum of your Church if your not on board with your Pastor. His vision for the Church and how they lead.
Now, maybe you think you can wait them out and then everything will be fine after they leave. But, the reality is, God has called them to be there and if He’s called you to be there as well, figure out how you can really support them.
The reality is, if you can’t, it may be time to move on. Sounds harsh, but its true.
Ok, here are a couple of random ways you can show support to your Pastor.
- Encourage them over social media. Like their comments. Share their posts.
- Say thanks.
- Send a card.
- Love on their kids and spouse.
- Squash any gossip or negative talk about them.
Show UP. Yes, this is a biggie. Show up at Church. Show up in Church. Show up and be the Church. There are so many luke warm followers of Jesus. Sorry, no judgement here, but there are a lot of people who view ‘Church’ as a ‘To Do’ on their check list. It’s not. Being a part of the church is sacred. So, really Show up.
- Give. Pray.
- Use your gifts.
- Don’t give up during tough seasons.
- Invite people to be a part.
- Be passionate about your walk with Jesus.
Yeah, these are pretty simple. But, they would bring a huge lift to your Pastor.
Yes, being a Pastor is hard.
But, these 3 simple ways would go a long way to show your appreciation.