7 Ways to Care for Your Pastor

| February 11, 2016

How do you care for your pastor? 

I started to understand this when I read an article that was later turned into a small pamphlet titled Praying for Sunday: You, Your Pastor, and Your Next Sermon. It’s a practical resource that provides tremendous insight. 

After serving in pastoral ministry for six years, I know addressing pastoral care can be awkward. But it doesn’t always have to be. 

Here are seven simple ways church members can care for their pastor.

1. Pray for and with him.

This one’s probably the most obvious. During my first year pastoring, the qualifications struck me to the core (1 Tim. 3:1–7; Titus 1:7–9). There is a vast difference between studying them and realizing your position depends on them.Lightstock

Pastors need prayer every day. Not only are they bombarded with menial administrative tasks that steal their time, they’re assaulted with temptations to pride, laziness, and lust, among other things. We ought to pray for their perseverance in remaining qualified—which includes being “above reproach” (1 Tim. 3:2).

Further, pray with your pastors. Seek them out. Their hearts are as heavy as yours. And there is no greater joy than knowing the people of God are praying for you.

2. Talk to him about his sermon.

On average a pastor will spend anywhere from 10 to 20 hours…

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