Encouraging Your Pastor

How can you appreciate and serve your pastor? Hebrews 13:15-18

If you attend church, then God has given you a pastor to care for your soul by modeling godliness, preaching the Word, and training and exhorting you in righteousness—even when you might not feel like listening. They care about your spiritual well-being and need to know you care for them too.

Many believers neglect giving encouragement to the pastor because they forget that they too are a member of the body of Christ. It can be lonely and discouraging to selflessly sacrifice for the congregation without ever receiving honor and appreciation from them.

Today’s passage says that we should obey and submit to our leaders so they can faithfully do their job as shepherds with joy instead of groaning. Paul said elders who rule well and work hard at preaching and teaching should be given double honor (1 Tim. 5:17).

When was the last time you expressed appreciation to your pastor? This week, look for ways to demonstrate your love to them. And above all, pray for them. Don’t assume that they need no intercession; the opposite is true. Every pastor needs to know that their congregation values them.

Credit to InTouch Ministries

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