There are a lot of great things about being a part of a church community. As we look in the mirror, we should strive to see more encouragement and praise toward each other, to “spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” (Hebrews 10:24). So I’m beginning a series of posts under the catagory “Props: Positives and Praise.” You can click on the “Props” catagory on the right to see all posts in this series.
We’ve talked about the Celebrity Pastors, and the type that have dollar signs in their eyes and visions of mega churches dancing in their heads. But I want to praise the pastor who is faithful and steadfast, humble and dedicated regardless of the size of the church’s building, attendance or budget.
We’ve witnessed pastors that exhibit strong leadership and preach sermons that have had great impact. They spend hours each week in study and prayer, to hear from the Holy Spirit what they should preach, and to make sure they are being true to the text. Those that spend time with people mentoring them and developing their leadership potential. The Steadfast Pastor is there for counseling, listening, and offering prayer and advice. He or she will cast vision, lead meetings and be looked upon to exhibit leadership principles, business savvy and balance a budget. Today’s pastor is required to be a master of all trades: Pastor, Shepherd, CEO, Teacher, Manager, Counselor, Evangelist, and more.
Many of them doing all this while working a second job either full or part-time to pay the bills, and balancing their own family life. (Pastors reading this are thinking, “Wait, I can have my own life outside the church?” LOL)
This Sunday, why don’t you take a moment to thank your pastor with a handshake and a kind word? Send an email or Facebook post to someone on the staff to let them know you appreciate them. Or go the old fashioned route and send a card in the mail. It will make your pastor’s day.