Encourage Your Encourager
10 Ways to Encourage Your Pastor
“And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves.” (I Thessalonians 5:12-13)
” each church member should strive to keep his pastor encouraged in any way possible.”
A godly, loving pastor is a priceless gift to an individual, a family, and a church. If we are not careful, we may be prone to take for granted the man of God that we have the privilege to call “Pastor.” Even the best men of God can become “weary in well doing.” I believe that each church member should strive to keep his pastor encouraged in any way possible. Any strength, encouragement, and life that we can give to our Pastor will return to us in manifold ways as he leads us in paths of righteousness. A faithful pastor will help you through the trials of life. He will help guide your children in their times of struggle. He will teach you, guide you, help you, and love you. We MUST do all that we can to keep the Devil from wounding him with his fiery darts of discouragement.
I would like to give you several simple, yet effective ways to encourage your pastor.
1. Pray for him.
Your pastor is in a spiritual battle. He needs the help of God, and your prayers do make a difference! In addition, you will be far less apt to criticize and analyze your pastor if you are bringing his name before the throne of grace throughout every day. Your love, respect, and admiration for him will grow in direct proportion to the fervency with which you pray on his behalf. Make him and his family a matter of daily prayer for your family.
2. Love your church.
Get involved in the ministry, fervently serving in every capacity that you can. Do not stand on the sidelines of your church, watching the action. Throw yourself into the middle of all that is happening! Support his program and his preaching. Do not undermine him or criticize the church.
3. Ladies, love his wife and family.
One of the best ways to encourage your pastor is to encourage his wife. Find ways to let her know that she is loved and appreciated. In addition, if your pastor has young children, treat them well. Do not hold them to a higher standard than other kids in the church. Allow them to be normal kids.
4. Bring a visitor to church.
A pastor lives for Sunday! There are not many things more exciting in his week than seeing someone new come to church and get saved. Constantly seek to witness to friends, co-workers, neighbors, relatives, and strangers. Invite them to join you for a service. This will breathe life into your pastor and his preaching.
5. Befriend a new attendee.
Be a friendly member. Go out of your way to make visitors feel welcome. Take new members out to eat or invite them over to your house. In appropriate situations, help to involve them in the work of the ministry. There is no way that one pastor can spend the personal time he would like to with every member and church visitor. Help him in this area.
6. Arrive to church early and leave late.
Get to church early and don’t seek to be the first one out the door. Most of us would never think of being late or even close to late for social gatherings or business meetings, but we think nothing of getting to church late every week. Give God’s house the priority that it deserves in your life!
Then, when church is over, hang around and fellowship. Take time to thank your pastor for his preaching and talk to others in the church.
7. Find ways to help him.
Is there something that you can do that would lighten his load? Is there something that he has mentioned that he needs or would like for himself or for the church? “Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.” (Proverbs 3:27)
8. Perform random acts of kindness.
It is amazing how much an unexpected note, phone call, or small gift can mean. We will never comprehend the spiritual burden that a pastor carries on a daily basis, and we will never know exactly when he is in the greatest need of encouragement. Seek to perform random acts of kindness for him and his wife often.
9. Be faithful.
Whenever Pastor Trieber signs the Bible of one of his members, he puts the reference III John 4 below his name. This verse reads, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” One of the greatest ways that we can encourage our pastor is to be faithful. Be faithful in your walk with God. Be faithful in your marriage. Be faithful in your service. Be faithful in your attendance. Seek to be a “good and faithful servant.”
10. Be dependable.
If you have been given a responsibility in the work of the ministry, be dependable. Do not shirk your responsibility or “drop the ball.” Become a person that can be counted on to always get the job done.
Of course, this list is not exhaustive. There are many other ways that we can lift up the arms of our pastor. It is my prayer that something you have read here will spur you to action, this week, as you strive to encourage your encourager. You will reap a pound of blessing for every ounce of encouragement that you sow in your pastor’s life!