Pastoring is a very tough job. It is one calling that takes your spiritual , mental and physical input. Many Pastors are actually stressed out, overworked and depressed.
Want to know how to help your pastor and also help your growth in Christ?
1. Show up!
You have no idea what your continuous attendance at your local church does for your assembly . The truth is that people join a church based on the kind of community it is . They join because of the fellowship of brethren and the love there in . Ensuring you never miss a service ensures that the assembly has the pleasure and blessing of your fellowship. Growing churches grow easier than non – growing churches . Your absence at your local church meeting does more harm than you can ever imagine .
2. Pay attention to the word.
A church filled with babies cannot significantly advance God’s plan on the earth . This is why you must desire to grow and take steps to do so . You need to devour the teachings of your ministry gift and grow by them . Feed on the scriptures and be able to explain them and apply them .
3. Do not miss prayer meetings.
The flame of revival is fanned by the intensity of prayers . The real members of a church are the praying members . A church that will remain ablaze for Christ must have between 80-100% of her members praying together at least once a week for between 1-2 hrs per time . Cooperate prayer meetings enables the Lord unify the vision in the local church. Praying together causes everyone to see the same thing and move in the same direction . Make up your mind to attend your next prayer meeting .
4. Join a department/unit/group.
Endeavour you play your role in ensuring every service day is a success . Christianity is about service . You give yourself to serving another . Jesus emphasized washing the feet of the saints to exemplify humble service between believers . So don’t just be content to seat in church week in week out ! Join a department and be dedicated there !
5. Pray for your Pastor.
Your pastor is a marked man . He is going to be attacked by the devil because the scripture says ” strike the shepherd and the sheep will scatter ” . A lot of ministers are carrying purifying wounds in their souls due to heartbreaks and unmet expectations . So pray for your pastor passionately ! Pray for help , pray for light, pray for direction and pray for opportunities for him ! You know he is praying for you .
6. Give to your Pastor.
This part is very important. Never neglect the welfare of your pastor. Don’t wait for when he has a need. Schedule your benevolence gift to him. Most pastors never disclose when they have serious needs. They will just keep quiet looking to the Lord to meet their needs. Always regularly give to meet his needs even if he doesn’t need it.
Don’t also give to your pastor as though he were a beggar. Give to him as a matter of honour for this is scriptural.
7. Walk in love with your Pastor.
Nothing destroys a local church like strife and gossips. Words will destroy a house from within it than a thousand armies from without. When people say evil things about your pastor or church ensure you protect both as your actions at that moment of accusation may either build a stronger hold in the mind of the accuser or weaken it.
Walk in love to your pastor or local church knowing that all are men saved by Grace.
8. Provide honest feedback.
This one is so important. The head takes decision for the body when the body provides quick feedback! Never hold back necessary information about members or issues in church from your pastor. That member battling depression or going through a divorce or break up, that fellow who lost their job and is suffering, tell your pastor! Did something happen at a service you didn’t like? Instead of backbiting or gossiping about it just give pastor feedback. I believe that most churches would do better if more people gave their pastors feedback rather than just leaving the church.
9. Give Words of Encouragement.
Encourage your pastor well! Did a sermon bless you? Tell him! Did the power of God flow powerfully in a service and you where blessed?
Tell him: He is a man and would be encouraged because of what God did in the service. Be loud about encouraging him especially when he may have a lot to discourage him.
10. Bring a friend with you.
There is no greater indication that you are being blessed by a minister or local church than you bringing friends and family with you ! No one eats a good meal and not want to get others to eat it with them . Do not leave the burden of reaching the world to your pastor . That burden is too great for one man to bear . So as you have been blessed ensure those close to you are blessed too! Bring them along !
God wants stronger local churches and it will happen through believers like You!