How can any church member minister to his/her pastor?

It is a good question to ask, since the more common discussion (rightfully so) is, “How can your pastor minister to you?”  Well, for church members who appreciate your pastor and are wondering how you can regularly minister to him in a meaningful way–here it is:

Send an email every Monday morning to both he and his wife and ask them how you can specifically pray for them this week.

Simple.  Doable.  But make no mistake, very meaningful!  How do I know this?  Because 6 months ago (after pastoring my church for 6.5 years) one of our members felt led by God to take this task upon herself to pray for me and my family regularly.  She has been faithful to do so, even while out-of-town.  She sends my wife and I an email every Monday grateful for the previous Lord’s Day, then asks how she can be specifically praying for us both.  Fewer things have made my wife and I feel so cared for and ministered to than this lady’s efforts. 

You might be surprised how infrequent the pastor has someone approach him and inquire how they can pray for him.   Though there are many ways you can minister to you pastor, this is one that any church member can do with a little discipline, planning, and consistency. 

Therefore, I challenge you to email your pastor this Monday.  Thank him for his labor in the word and the sweet fellowship of the saints the day before he facilitated.  Then ask for specific things from both he and his wife to pray for this next week.  Trust me.   You will bless, encourage, and minister to your pastor and his wife in ways you cannot imagine. 

However, when the requests come back to you…make sure you are faithful to pray.

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3 comments on “How can any church member minister to his/her pastor?
  1. Love the idea… works for anyone too, not just pastors (though it’s certainly one of the best places to start).

    -Marshall Jones Jr.

  2. Mike Bennett says:

    As a former assistant pastor and now a missionary traveling on deputation I love to preach a message called “how to pray for your pastor- what every would love to tell his members if he got the chance.” I ask people to spend some time asking their pastor about their life. We often want it the other way. May favorite time to pray for my pastor is when he normally studies. In the ministry that I have been a part and where I am now, I ask the pastor when he studies and do my best to pray for him during that time (and tell him that). When I get to preach on the topic, I ask people if the success of your pastors ministry would solely be determined by your prayers for him, how would he do. We often expect the pastor to pray like that for us, and leave him to hand in the wind. Let’s be people of prayer.

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