Being the pastor of a church can be a rewarding experiencing. However, much of that depends on the nature of the congregation. Individuals within a church have the power to make or break the experience of the pastor.
Assuming that the congregation wants the pastor to be effective in ministry, here are five ways that the church can support their pastor.
- Be careful with your criticism. Nothing wears a pastor down like the nitpicking and muttering of people who are never happy. This is not to say that the pastor is always above criticism. Just make sure that you are not looking for every little mistake to satisfy your own desire to be superior.
- Offer words of encouragement. I don’t mean the obligatory “Nice sermon, pastor” at the end of the service. But if the pastor is doing something positive and edifying, take a moment to mention it. It really does make a difference.
- Don’t place expectations on the pastor’s family. It is not easy having your family on display. Whether you like it or not, the pastor’s family is under the same pressures and temptations as everyone else. Have some grace toward the pastor’s family.
- If you have a concern, go directly to the pastor. Keeping in mind the first point above, if you have a concern don’t spread it around the congregation. As soon as your concern arises, go directly to the pastor and speak with a gentle and humble attitude.
- Pray for your pastor. Being a pastor is great, but it can be difficult at times. Take some time to pray for your pastor and let your pastor know that you are doing it. You make even want to ask for specific prayer requests.