A Pastor's job is tougher than most Christians can
imagine. One of the greatest services you can do for
God is to minister to your Pastor and his family.
Here are some suggestions as to how you can do so:
- When Pastor preaches a good sermon, compliment him.
Don't merely say, as most folks do, "Nice preaching, Pastor." Instead, remember some specific point he
spoke on and tell him how it helped you. Then he will know you REALLY listened.
- When Pastor discusses a Bible verse during a sermon,
TURN to that verse in your Bible. Pastors love the
sound of people flipping pages.
- When Pastor makes a really good point, make a written
note of it. Believe me, Pastors NOTICE when you do that, and it really makes them glow inside.
- If Pastor asks for a verbal response from the congregation,
don't just sit there like a lump while silence reigns supreme. Respond!
- For goodness sakes, sit in the front rows of the
- If a church usher or someone like that is absent
or late, stand up and do the job. Don't wait to be asked.
- If your church doesn't already provide a home (parsonage)
for the Pastor, and they start talking about buying one, vote
AGAINST it. When a Pastor retires, he can't keep
living in a parsonage. He will need his own home. Every Pastor should receive a monetary housing allowance, as
generous as the church can make it. That way he might one day be able to afford a home of his own. Churches that build parsonages are being unwittingly selfish.
- Give "secret" money to your Pastor at least
once a year, perhaps at Christmas. To give a secret
gift, buy a cashier's check at your bank, put it
in an envelope with Pastor's name on it, and sneak it into the offering plate. Only you and God should know where
it came from. God ADORES sneaky givers!
- If anyone talks "stink" about your Pastor,
make it immediately and clearly obvious that you are
offended. If the Pastor needs help or correction,
he should be told IN LOVE to his face. Otherwise, folks should keep their traps shut!
Most of all, pray for your Pastor daily, and let him
know you are doing so.
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