It’s Pastor Appreciation Month! How do I encourage my pastor?

Based on the emails, notes, and phone calls I continue to get, trust me…your pastor needs encouragement.  He needs to know that what he does week in and week out means something to God as well as those for whom he labors.  In light of this being pastor’s appreciation month, here are 5 suggestions to accomplish this:

1) Share appreciation for how hard he works

Maybe the most hurtful words a pastor and his wife can hear are not, “Bad sermon” or “that was a dumb decision” or “I don’t like the way you do that.”  Rather, words that imply this message can be the most hurtful, “You are lazy.”  Because of this, some of the most encouraging words a pastor and his wife can hear are words of gratefulness for how hard he works to preach faithfully and shepherd their souls.

2) Give specific feedback to a sermon

I’m not talking about the slap on the back, “Nice sermon” comment.  Instead be specific…”that insight into the text was really helpful, or that application really met me where I am struggling.”  Don’t underestimate how impactful just one thoughtful, specific comment about your pastor’s sermon can be to him…especially on Monday.

3) Acknowledge the sacrifice of his family

This will encourage his wife and children, but it will also be very meaningful to the pastor.  The pastor knowing you are thinking of his family can often times mean more than you thinking of him.  Some of the most meaningful encouragement to me has been efforts like a card or gift to my wife and children thanking them for their sacrifice in allowing me to do what I do.  My kids especially always remember those things.

4) Reveal how you have spiritually grown under his ministry

This is one thing a pastor labors to hear and hopes is taking place all over his congregation.  Stop keeping him in suspense and tell him so he knows.  The Lord can also use these words to help a pastor learn what he needs to change or adjust in the way he is preaching or caring for people.

5) Tell him how you specifically pray for him

Your pastor of all people should know the significance of prayer.  The most meaningful things I hear isn’t, “I prayed for you” but, “I prayed that your sermon would be powerfully preached and eagerly received, or I prayed God would protect you and your family from the enemy through this important week.”  Write your pastor a text or email today and tell him what you prayed for him or how you will be praying for him this week.

If not in these ways, find some way to encourage your pastor this week.  Never underestimate how meaningful and well-timed it can be when God would so lead you to do so.

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3 comments on “It’s Pastor Appreciation Month! How do I encourage my pastor?
  1. Anonymous says:

    I absolutely love my church. I am thankful that we do not have many struggles that so many of my Pastor friends are dealing with at their churches, however, I feel (as I know almost all Pastors do) so unappreciated some times.

    I read a post like this and I just think… man… if even one of these came true occasionally it would be the world! I don’t hear the negative comments about sermons or anything like that… it is more that what I do and such is just assumed rather than appreciated. ‘Well of course he did this or that late night thing because that’s what he is supposed to do. Why say thanks?’ That sort of an attitude from some… and when it isn’t it is rare otherwise…

    I started and deleted this comment a few times because I feel like a complaining whine-bag for even writing this… I should be so much more grateful.

    Pray for me that I would be grateful to God for all things because my fear is that this is (or has already) become a sinful desire for the applause of men as opposed to just a simple enjoyment of appreciation.

  2. Tim says:

    6. Tell him you are ready to share the preaching ministry because every believer is called to “preach the gospel”. Every student is called to be “fully trained” to be “like” their teacher from Jesus instructions. LUke 6:40. He has been “equipping” you to “do the work of the ministry”, to “build up” the saints” and “speak the truth in love”. No one man should be expected to be the sole heart and mind of Christ to the rest of the saints. Partnership in ministry is the core of appreaciation for ministry.

    I realize this is outside the box of traditional thinking on pastoring and sheeping, but it’s consistent with scripture and God’s design for full reproductivity of spiritual leadership. 2 Tim. 2:1,2

  3. How do I get others in my congregation to read this without sounding like a self-promoter: “Hey, everybody! Why dontchyall ‘preciate me a bit?”

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