It’s that time of year again when many people are thinking about pastor appreciation.
It’s a topic, which presumes that you understand what it means to be a Christian and the necessity of being connected to a local Bible-believing church with a God-called pastor. For the sake of this prose, though, it’s a presumption I’m willing to make.
Let me confirm for you that pastor appreciation is a biblical concept. And as long as we don’t get carried away, it’s an excellent way to honor those who are worthy of honor.
How could we get “carried away” with appreciation? I won’t answer that entirely, but I will briefly explain my pastoral self. Christ is the Head of His Church, and as such, He alone deserves to be glorified. He alone is our Savior, Sanctifier, Healer, and Holy Spirit Baptizer. The rest of us are mere mortals who are called to participate in His work of redemption.
Now let me share these 6 non-tangible ways you should appreciate your pastor. While these won’t damage your checking account, they are extremely valuable gifts of appreciation.
Pastors are usually identified by their spoken ministry. So this list is set in the form of an acrostic, using the word preach as a guide.
Pray for your pastor when asked to, and when you discern their needs. Also, please be sure to pray for your pastor when others are saying unkind and possibly untrue things about them.
Rejoice with your pastor when God uses their ministry to bring fruit. Be glad that people are coming to Christ and growing in His grace and knowledge.
Encourage your pastor when courage is lacking. There will always be enough doubt in their psyches. Choose to breathe life and fuel their confidence to operate in their calling.
Accept your pastor by refusing to get caught in the no-one-wins game of comparing your pastor to other pastors. Like you, they need to sense acceptance to be the best version of themselves that God called them to be.
Catch your pastor doing good and point it out. Let their staff and congregation know that their pastor is gifted by God to equip them for the work of the ministry.
Help your pastor relax and keep life in perspective. The reality is that no matter how much your pastor does, there is plenty more to be accomplished. So help them remember to take care of themselves so they can continue to take care of others.
This non-tangible list will preach: pray, rejoice, encourage, accept, catch, and help. These gifts of appreciation are not expensive, but that doesn’t mean they are cheap.
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I’ve been engaged in spoken ministry for over twenty-five years, and I’ve had the pleasure to work with many gifted pastors. I’m also blessed to have face to face connections with hundreds of pastors. Each and every pastor I know would be grateful for these gifts, which demonstrate your appreciation.
Here’s one final thought. Just because your pastor fulfills and carries the ministry well doesn’t mean that it’s not a heavy burden. It is both a privilege and a burden. And they need you just as much as you need them.
Please consider sharing this article with your pastor, and be sure to indicate which of these you’ll be using to demonstrate your appreciation.
Lastly, regardless of your role in the local church there are plenty of ways for you to participate in Pastor Appreciation. Visit the Bless Your Pastor website and review their free resources for many ideas.