Thursday, October 21, 2010

Top Ten list for Pastor Appreciation

According to : Pastor Appreciation Month is a special time that congregations set aside each year to honor their pastors and pastoral families for the hard work, sacrificial dedication and multiple blessings provided by these special people.

As I sit in my office day I am so thankful for the privilege to serve the Lord through pastoral ministry. I took a piece of paper and begin to gather my thoughts to make a a "Top Ten" list of what I would really like for pastor appreciation. Here is my list for your consideration:

Actually listen to your pastor's sermons.

Better yet, apply the truth of your pastor's preaching to specific areas of your life and then say "Thank You Pastor, for helping me spiritually".

Take notes of your pastor's preaching, hopefully of the sermon.

Say "amen" when the pastor proclaims spiritual truth, because "amen" means "so be it!" and "right on!”

Say "amen" real loud but be careful because it will shock the pastor and some will think a spiritual revival is beginning.

If you hear someone say "Praise the Lord", stand up and actually do so! People will be convinced spiritual revival is taking place.

Give a good report about your pastor, bragging about your pastor in such a way that your relatives and friends just might want to attend church just to meet such a wonderful person.

Show up at church early on Sunday mornings for Sunday school and then spend a time in prayer before the worship experience. Enter the worship center before the countdown reaches 2 minutes.

Sit near the front of the worship center during the worship experience. The advantage is that you don't have to arrive as early as usual in order to get a back seat.

Invite friends and relatives to attend your church worship experience, introducing them to your pastor and better yet, introducing them to Jesus (they will be eternally grateful).

Here is a video of appreciation to pastors from the Church of the Nazarene:

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