Being a lead pastor is one of the most challenging positions anyone can have, and second is being a pastor’s wife. Many pastors and their wives work tirelessly with little recognition, especially the pastor’s wife. October is “Pastor Appreciation Month,” so I want to encourage you with six reasons why you should appreciate your pastor.
The Bible commands us to appreciate the Pastor: “We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work” (1 Thessalonians 5:12-13).
Because your Pastor is placed in his leadership role by none other than God Himself. This alone should cause us to step back and appreciate the position. (Acts 20:28).
Because your Pastor carries burdens that you know nothing about. Trust me, you don’t know half of it! Aside from wearing far more hats than he should (especially in a smaller church), he also carries burdens of the congregation that most of us know nothing about. (1 Peter 5:1-3).
Because your Pastor has many of the same struggles that you have at work, at home, in relationships, financially, and so on. The difference is that there are very few people that your pastor can go to just to share these struggles.
Because your Pastor hears far more criticism and complaining (usually unfiltered) than he does encouragement and appreciation. Like any of us, Pastors need to hear the good more than the bad, but that’s rarely the case.
Because your Pastor needs to know his team is with him. Whether you are a staff member or a volunteer, giving your support through appreciation is critical to your Pastor. Your Pastor needs to know that he and his wife are not alone, you are on his team. Your friends at New Melle Baptist Church.
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