Before diving into the reasons, let’s just start off with a disclaimer. The pastors we’re talking about in this article are those who take their calling serious; who thrive in ministry; who love living out God’s mandate and place God at the center of everything they do. They uphold truth over relevance; people over profit; ministry over marketing.

5 Ways To Better Appreciate Your Pastor

1. Understand the Weight of Their Calling: When God calls you for ministry, it’s a big deal. You’re now employed by God, working for a new Kingdom. It’s a joyful experience, yet a frightful one. Ministry bears more stress than most professions as it deals with the emotional, spiritual and psychological realm in terms of God and humans. The weight and responsibility of this profession is heavy. Approaching your pastor with this insight gives you an entirely new perspective on their occupation. Their work is more than just an hour-long sermon on Sunday morning.

 

2. Don’t Put Them On A Pedestal: The highest trees catch the most wind. You can be guaranteed that those in pastoral positions will attract the most scrutiny and judgment. They are consistently under a microscope: how they talk, how they dress, how they preach, what they preach, how they pray. Our reverence for the pastor is often so exaggerated that we wrap them in a bubble of holiness and are very surprised when they act like humans.

 

3.Your Pastor Is not Superman: Only a super-human can teach, preach, lead worship, minister to the youth, heal the sick, do outreach, head up the building fund, administer the church finances, do counseling and take care of their family all at the same time. Don’t put unrealistic expectations on them. They cannot be all things to all people. They are gifted in certain areas. Let God use that powerfully, instead of sacrificing it by spreading them too thin.

 

4. Your Pastor Needs Time with God and Family: The church is God’s family, but pastors have a family of their own. Pastors are also accountable to God, which means they need time with God in prayer, study and rest. We have to make allowance for this, or else burn-out and disaster are sure to follow.

 

5. Your Pastor Needs Encouragement More Than Advice: There is nothing more frustrating than for someone to need encouragement, only to get an earful of advice from a person with absolutely no perspective or insight into their situation. Encourage your pastor. Lift them up. Speak life into their ministry. Remind them of the joy of their calling. Pray with them. Bless them!


Looking for pastor appreciation day ideas? Check out our article on How To Show Your Pastor Appreciation

About The Author

Hein van Wyk

Hein van Wyk is the Co-Founder and President of Sharefaith.com. When he finds time, he loves to share some leadership and faith application here on SharefaithMagazine. Father, pastor, worship leader and avid film composer, he likes wearing many hats! Sharefaith Inc, for the last 14 years, has served nearly 120,000 churches globally with cutting edge media and technology resources such as church websites, mobile apps, worship media, kids Bible resources, giving and donations and worship software.

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5 Responses

  1. Dr. Bernie Miller

    As a pastor, I wanted to say thank you for the article. I shared it with the elders and deacons of our church. They are the best. They take great care of me, however, sometimes pastors need to be reminded.

    • Sherrie Marshall

      I love this posting. I would like permission to put it on my church’s website (twwcc.org.) My pastor is one who preaches the uncompromising word of God. His teachings follow Christ to the letter, he is not swayed or daunted by social or public opinion. He loves Jesus Christ, and does not water down the gospel.

      Please let me know if I may place your posting on my website with your name and organization, or however you require I acknowledge its origin.
      Thank you
      Sherita Marshall

      • Hein

        Go for it Sherrie!
        Just link back to the original article on the block.
        Blessings!!

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