October 14, 2014

the strong lion



  1. Ask how you can pray for them

Pastors pray for the people in their congregation all the time. How often do you think a meeting with a pastor ends with, “Can you pray for me?” or “Let me pray for you.”?

Prayer is a powerful gift. Asking your pastor how to pray for them shows genuine concern for their well-being and spiritual health. It’s a reminder that we’re all part of the body of Christ, and they aren’t in this alone.

No matter how wise or spiritual your pastor is, they can always use more prayer.




  1. Offer to babysit—for free!

If your pastor has a young family, there’s no such thing as a day or night off. When you’re emotionally, mentally, and spiritually exhausted, your family only gets the leftovers.

Give your pastor an evening (or a weekend!) away from the kids so they can spend time alone or with their spouse, and come back ready to counsel, lead, and love their family and their church.

You could even involve older youth-group kids and make it a meaningful serving opportunity for them as well.




  1. Send them on a date

When you love your work, it’s easy to get caught up in it. When your work involves constantly being available to people, it’s even easier.

Send your pastor on a special date with their spouse. Next to God, it’s the relationship that will restore and bless them the most.

Note: This may also require you to refer to #2. (IF YOU ARE IN A REALLY SMALL CHURCH BUY THEM DINNER)




  1. Do the jobs they can’t find time for

Whether you have specialized skills or not, there’s probably something you could do around your pastor’s house to serve and bless them. It certainly wouldn’t hurt to ask.

If your pastor doesn’t have a big project around the house that needs to get done, there are always lawns to be mowed, cars to be washed, weeds to be pulled, and other maintenance work people don’t always have time for. Even if you spend less than an hour actually working, the gesture shows your pastor that you care enough about them to make personal sacrifices for them.




  1. Bake for them

Nothing says “thank you” like a big plate of cookies.

Baking something for your pastor or church staff shows premeditated appreciation. You gathered the ingredients (or went out and bought the box) and you took the time to bake it, all with the intention of giving it to them.

If you can bring your baked goods to the church office, all the better. You’re providing your pastor with a tasty reminder of the people they are serving when they’re hard at work.




  1. Expand their library, find out from their spouse what special book or commentary they’ve been wanting.



  1. (7)Spend time with them outside of church

Pastors spend all kinds of time with people at church. But that all comes back to that “consumer-driven” environment, where pastors can feel like they’re constantly pouring themselves out but not being poured into.

Ask your pastor to hang out outside of church sometime. Be prepared that they may already have a very full calendar (in which case, it may be better to refer to ideas #1–6).

Depending on how well you know your pastor, you may want to go to a movie, take a hike, grab coffee or a meal, or hang out at a park. If you know your pastor well enough, you could even plan a combined family outing like a picnic.

Asking your pastor to spend time with you outside of church shows them you aren’t interested in a transactional relationship. It means you appreciate them as a person, and you want to be their friend.




God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com



Thank you for the very encouraging emails and prayer support

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