How to Bless Your Pastors

Recently some pastors were asked to give their input regarding the question, "How can church members be a blessing to their pastors?" Here are some of the thoughts shared.

1. Super simple...send notes of encouragement. You would be surprised to know how encouraging a simple note can be in the life of a faithful pastor.

2. Offer free babysitting every once in a while. For many pastors there's not a lot of extra money to spend on babysitters, so they often go months without the important time for a date with the Mrs. This will be a HUGE blessing to pastors with children!

3. Invite your pastor and his family to dinner at your house. This sounds obvious, but for whatever reason, some pastors are rarely invited to spend time in the home of church members. If could be that church members feel pressure to impress their pastors. Faithful pastors don't want to be impressed. They enjoy spending time with their congregants, just the way they are.

4. Let your pastors host you over for dinner. A pastor who was new to his church invited a church family to his house for dinner. He was surprised to hear them say in 20 years of church membership they had never been invited to a pastor's home. Pastors and their families are normal people. They want to have relationships and talk about normal things. Which leads to #5...

5. Talk to your pastor about things other than church or spiritual matters, like sports or reality TV. Pastors, no matter how spiritually mature, are normal people with a variety of interests. Your pastor will be blessed to have a little time to talk with you about the mundane of life, as well as the super important.

6. Share your faith and share your evangelism experiences with your pastors. Sometimes pastors can feel as though they are the only ones sharing their faith. They will be encouraged to know you are sharing your faith, and knowing this will spur them on to added evangelism themselves.

7. Take walking by the truth seriously. 3 John 1:4 is close to the heart of every faithful shepherd: "3 For I was very glad when brethren came and testified to your truth, that is, how you are walking in truth. 4 I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth."

8. Aim to make your pastors' ministry a joy and not a burden (Heb 13:17). The role of shepherd and pastor is a heavy responsibility and by lovingly submitting to their authority you bless them.

How else can you bless your pastor(s) this week, and next week, and the next?

Christian LifeRush Witt