7 Great Ways to Bless Your Pastor, by Ty Tamasaka
According to Ephesians 4, pastors (along with apostles, prophets, evangelists, and teachers) are God’s gifts to the church. As a church, we often thank our pastors by giving long working hours, minimal pay, and abundant criticism. It’s no wonder so many pastors struggle with feelings of disappointment and discouragement. Since God gives the pastors as a gift to the church, how should we as the church bless those gifts?
1 – Become part of the team.
Attend church regularly. Follow his leadership. Give Look for opportunities to serve. Submit to his leadership. He wants to extend the Kingdom of God. So do you. Work together toward that goal.
2 – Let him be who he is… and his family too.
Don’t expect him to do everything the way your last pastor did. Let him be himself. He is not a perfect human being. He has his own personality, gifts, and talents. Don’t put him in a box and expect him to be a superhuman saint.
On the same vein, don’t put your own unrealistic expectations upon his wife and children. His family life is not easier because he is a pastor. His family, like yours, has struggles and often needs grace to grow.
4 – Don’t criticize him behind his back.
Pastors, like all public people, are often criticized behind their back. Resist the temptation to gossip or give criticism behind his back. Like you, he is a normal person. Like you, he makes mistakes, and both good and bad choices. Refuse to criticize behind his back. If there are legitimate concerns, address it with him directly.
5 – Defend him from the gossip of others
Another great way to bless your pastor is to refuse to speak against or listen to gossip or slander against your pastor. Don’t let misinformation spread. Support your pastor even when he cannot publicly explain why certain decisions are made. There are times decisions are made in leadership that cannot be explained publicly to protect the privacy of those involved. Give him the benefit of the doubt. Defend him against gossipers.
6 – Look for ways to encourage him.
Don’t be afraid to tell him how he has helped you. Whether it was a teaching he shared, a blessing the church gave, or just something good you observed. Tell him about how his sermon encouraged you, how the Sunday School has been a blessing to your kids, or how your marriage has been helped. Thank him for the good work he does.
7 – Pray for him… and his family.
I know this might sound cliché, but it’s true. Don’t just say you are going to pray for him. Pray for him… and his family. Pray for God’s blessing upon them. Pray for God’s protection and leading in his life. Pray for wisdom. Pray for courage. When he is blessed, your church will be blessed. When your church is blessed, you will be blessed. Pray for your pastor.
Ty Tamasaka is an author who hold a Master of Arts Degree from Pacific Rim Christian University in Christian Ministry He is a Bible teacher who loves to encourage people to enjoy Jesus’ grace and extend His Kingdom. Ty just released his new book More than a Conqueror: 5 Pathways to Personal Revival.