Pastor/Church Staff Appreciation

 “So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ” Ephesians 4:11–13 (NIV).

October is traditionally Pastor/Staff Appreciation Month. It’s not too late to honor your church’s pastor and staff. As you do, there are a few things to keep in mind. Never forget that serving as a pastor or church staff member is a remarkable and awesome blessing and privilege. But, sometimes, church staff members are the most misunderstood people in the church. Often their hours are long, their pay minimal, the criticism considerable and constant. Despite the joys of serving God, feelings of disappointment and discouragement can plague the best of them.

However, there are several ways that God can use you to become a blessing in their lives:

  1. Roll up your sleeves and become a part of the team—Attend church faithfully. This will bless your life and be a tremendous encouragement to your staff.
  2. Be openly responsive to their preaching and teaching—Show them that you are listening. Say Amen once in a while.
  3. Submit to the leadership of your pastor and staff—The Bible places special emphasis on submission to spiritual authorities. Follow the servant of God who is following Jesus as set forth in the Word of God.
  4. Treat them with proper respect—Treat your pastor and staff with as much or more respect than you would anyone else in authority. Sometimes, church members tend to think of church staff as employees instead of the church’s spiritual leaders. A pastor, however, is God’s appointed man to help guide the soul of you and your family and needs our love and respect.
  5. Remember that your pastor and church staff are human—Some people hold the pastor and staff and their families to a higher standard, treating the families as if they are living in a fishbowl. Do not gossip about them when they go through a rough time. Instead, provide them with the same compassion that you would expect to receive from a pastor if you were going through the same situation.
  6. Pray, pray, pray for your pastor and staff—You know how much opposition you receive yourself—from the world, the flesh, and Satan. Be assured, your pastor and staff receive much more than you. Pray for them every day. As Paul wrote, “Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you, and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men; for not all have faith” 2 Thessalonians 3:1–2 (NKJV).
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