Aaron Summers

5 Things Pastors Really Want

In Church on October 6, 2014 at 9:50 am

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Autumn brings falling leaves, football, and Pastor appreciation month.  This is important because if you don’t ever appreciate him, then this is the time to do so.  I highly encourage you to find a way to appreciate those who serve God by leading the church.   But how?  I have witnessed people debate over knowing what, if anything, should be done.  Here are a few things I have heard:

Cynic – He only works one day a week. What needs appreciating?

Sarcastic – Don’t give a golf discount/membership because he is out there often enough.

Spiritual – He’s working for Jesus isn’t that enough?

Administrator – I have created a formula based on number of years here divided by number of years total in ministry multiplied by average attendance on Sunday then rounded down for budget reasons.

Traditional – love offering time!!

The decision is then complicated when the term is adjusted to minister. Now the church people have more to think about.  Do we give evenly?  Do we just give to the one we like?  What to do?  What started out as a way for leadership to be shown appreciation has turned into a competitive event.

Here’s a thought…

Think relationally.

Instead of considering numbers and noses, consider the relational value of the pastor under consideration.  You won’t click with everyone and that’s ok.  Based on your relationship show appreciation.  Whether it is with food, money, gift, or other, let it come from the heart.  The best gifts I have witnessed over the years were those that were live driven and heart given.  These have stayed with me more than others.  Granted, for some in ministry any appreciation is better than none.  I am thankful to serve a church that shows love regularly.

During Pastor/Minister Appreciation month, let us remember the spirit more than the law of things.  Give as you has received.  Love as you have been loved.

Dear brothers and sisters, honor those who are your leaders in the Lord’s work. They work hard among you and give you spiritual guidance.  Show them great respect and wholehearted love because of their work. And live peacefully with each other.

Here are 5 meaningful ways to show appreciation to your pastor:

1.  Words – share why you appreciate them by telling them in person

2.  Actions – stepping up and taking part in the fulfillment of God’s vision through your leadership

3.  Gifts – try to find something that is meaningful to them more than easy for you.

4.  Preferred Future – help them understand that their work is important and how that is affecting the church in gaining a better future.

5.  Be a friend.

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