October is pastoral appreciation month. Let me be self-serving for a moment. Leaders are readers and right here at Truth-Publications.com are readable and practical resources your pastor would probably enjoy. Each book is full of proven tools that can be put to use. A partial list is at http://truth-publications.com/church-growth/ Thank you for supporting your pastor.
Nurture the pastor and family. Don’t be one of those folks denoted as a “grace builder,” (because the only way anybody can abide them is through increasing grace) but be a person who helps him grow in grace. You will become aware of weaknesses – help the pastor be a better person.
Offer to help. The list of things you can do to help your pastor is endless. If your church is young – volunteer to be responsible to setup the chairs before church; get involved in taking responsibility off his shoulders. Use your imagination. No person in the body of Christ doesn’t have a place to serve.
Pray for your pastor. Lift up his name to God daily. When Satan intended to sift Peter as wheat, Jesus said, “I’ve prayed for thee . . .” When your pastor is dealing with pressure situations – pray for him!
Quench not. Encourage him to grow and to lead the church to progress. Don’t be one of the nay-sayers.
Rejoice in him and with him. In whatever way he excels – celebrate that and honor him for it.
Surprise him – particularly this month. There are so many ways to do this! All the books from Truth-Publications.com or a gift card for Applebee’s or maybe volunteering to wash the family car.
Trust him. Believe in him.
Understand him. Put yourself in his place. What we are asking the pastor to do is not easy. It never was. These days it is more complicated than ever.
Vacation. He needs time away. Send the first couple for a special holiday, if not for a week or two, then how about a romantic weekend getaway? For a pastor to have such benefits from their church somebody has to take the lead to make such things happen. Are you that person?
Welcome him into your life. Don’t wait for the pastor to make the first move. Invite the first family to dinner, or just time to relax and enjoy your company. Don’t allow all your calls to your Pastor to be a call for help.
Yoke up with him. Help him bear his yoke of responsibility in your church, you, your family, and your church with grace and dignity. Do your best not to embarrass him.
ZAP all gossip. Don’t participate; and don’t allow it! These days a pastor is not easy to come by. Don’t let him be destroyed by gossip. If you hear something negative, contact him about the situation.