3 WAYS TO SUPPORT YOUR PASTOR
Have you ever thought about ways to support your pastor?
We see and acknowledge the demands and hard work that comes with our professional jobs and careers. It is easy to recognize the stress and pressure that doctors, lawyers, engineers, accountants, or financial advisors go through because we understand that these jobs sometimes take a toll on the worker’s life, family, mind or health.
However, we tend to dismiss or trivialize the pressures and demands of the pastoring work.
While other jobs care for the temporary dimensions of our lives, our Pastors care for the most important aspect – our souls. Why then do we forget them?
As much as a Pastor is a servant of God whose job is spiritual, the fact remains that the job has physical demands and the Pastor is human.
Here are 3 ways to support your Pastor.
1. PRAY FOR THEM
It is okay to pray for your Pastors and not just expect them to be the ones praying for you all the time. Every believer can pray and no one should be left out of praying for the Pastor. It is an easy task that everyone can do.
God does great wonders through prayers, so pray for His servant, that they will remain strengthened and encouraged in the work of God, they will grow in the anointing and in grace and their other endeavors will prosper.
Also pray against the antics of the enemy fashioned against the church and pastors.
2. BE KIND TO YOUR PASTOR
The demands of being a Pastor is all encompassing. Starting from the time, effort and sacrifice put into praying and setting out time to prepare sermons.
Every sermon and exhortation needs special consecration, attention, prayer, examination and preparation. Thus, while it’s easy to criticize a sermon, it is important to be show kindness to your pastor through kind and encouraging words that shows that you’re thankful for the time spent preparing the sermons for your growth. You can even ask questions.
Asides sermons, Pastors also spend a lot of time all through the week, praying, counseling, comforting, and helping the flock. It is no surprise that many Pastors experience burnouts, fatigue and even mental stress, seeing how much they pour out a lot to their congregations.
The least a member can do is extend some kindness to the Pastor by saying kind words, sending encouraging texts or e-mail, calling to appreciate them. You can even go an extra length by offering to help them with some tasks.
3. GIVE TO YOUR PASTOR
This is another great way to support your Pastor. Because Pastors are humans like you who have families, make daily decisions and face life challenges, it is pertinent to extend grace to them and support them financially when you can. Although giving in this context is largely material and financial, there may be other godly ways you can give immaterial gifts to your Pastor. Seek out to do this and support God’s servants.
What other ways can Pastors be supported?