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Richard. Vincent. Rose.: Personal Thoughts on Pastor Appreciation

Pastors: We have so many reasons to bless them, and do all we can to help them:

Their dedication, their support, their devotion, their love, their sacrifice, and their leadership.

I use the word “their” because they never act alone, yet they are alone so much. They feel alone, because they are human. I know … isn’t it amazing that we actually feel strange admitting that Pastors are human? After all, we expect them to be super-human. And, in many ways, they are: They are super, and they are human. Let’s face it: We feel that way because we expect them-yes, expect Pastors to do things that we either couldn’t do, wouldn’t do, or don’t think we can do. Or, to put it more bluntly, things we are afraid to do. We forget that they are called to do exactly the same thing we are: To do all we can for the Lord. Are we? Do we? We expect them to. One of the Pastors I most admire told me, “People don’t understand, and would not believe, just how discouraged Pastors get.” We must take every opportunity to express our dedication, our support, our devotion, our love, for their sacrifice and leadership.

I heard this from a Pastor, at a memorial service, in his effort to comfort those who were mourning: “Jesus understands how you feel. He knows what it’s like to be sad, to mourn, to hurt, to be hungry, to be cold, to be alone.” By understanding how Jesus felt, we can understand how Pastors feel.

It’s interesting that we could add the word “to” to each phrase: Their dedication to God, their support to God, their devotion to God, their love to God, their sacrifice to God, their leadership to the church on His behalf. And, what they do for Jesus and His Gospel, they do for us: Their dedication to us, their support to us, their devotion to us, their love to us, their sacrifice to us, and their leadership to us.

We could also add the word “of” to each phrase: Their dedication of, their support of, their devotion of, their love of, their sacrifice of, and their leadership of. They are a living example of Jesus, doing all these things for us, just as Jesus did all for us, on our behalf.

It is always “their” because the Pastor is always the under-shepherd, Jesus’ representative as Shepherd. We are His sheep, His Flock. Jesus commanded Peter to “Feed my sheep,” not “your sheep.” The Pastor never, ever forgets just whose sheep he is watching.

My prayer is that, as we remember their calling as Pastor, we also remember our calling. Only then, can we truly understand what the Pastor goes through each day … not just on our behalf … but on His behalf.

I must close by adding this, because I have to: People are always asking me, asking each other … asking everyone except the Pastor … “What is the most important thing I can do for my Pastor?” I know, they mean well, and usually, yes, their heart is in the right place. I am always asked for my answer to this question. First, I believe the most important thing you can do for a Pastor is to be faithful to pray for them. Pray for your Pastor, your Pastor’s family, and your Pastor’s ministry. Because, trust me, all three are constantly under attack. Allow me to repeat that: Pray for your Pastor, your Pastor’s family, and your Pastor’s ministry. Because, all three are constantly under attack. Did I mention that all three are constantly under attack? They are, so please pray for all three.

Next, the most important thing you can do for your Pastor is be faithful to their calling, and faithful to their ministry. This means go to services, and help your Pastor-yes volunteer in any way you can. Be faithful in attending your church services. Money, gifts? No, the best way to support your Pastor, in a physical sense, is to be faithful to attend services. And, yes, this means special services.
Do all you can to show that you are “with” your Pastor in every way; that you are on the same page as your Pastor. Show that you believe in what your Pastor is trying to say, and trying to do. Be faithful.

There is one common thread that runs throughout: The word, “faithful.”
The first sentence of my answer began with the phrase, “The most important thing you can do for your Pastor is to be faithful …”
This is absolutely true, and every Pastor would agree. The most important thing you can do for your Pastor is to be faithful. Faithful to Jesus … faithful to your calling … faithful to do exactly the same thing which you admire the most about your Pastor: To do all we are called to do for the Lord. To be Jesus to those whom we meet. To be like Jesus in every area in our lives. To be completely devoted to Jesus, to express Jesus in our hearts, our minds, and our actions.
To fulfill the words to the poem, “When I look at you, it’s Jesus that I see.”

I believe that every Pastor would agree that what they want from us the most is what Jesus wants from us the most. Our lives, in service to Him. Which is just what we envision the Pastor to be. I have news for you: This is just what our Pastor envisions us to be.

Yes, it is a popular phrase, “What would Jesus do?” I believe every Pastor would agree that the important question is, “What would Jesus want me to do?”

Let’s do all we can to bless our Pastor, our Pastor’s family, and our Pastor’s ministry.
The greatest gift God gives the local church is their Pastor.
Let’s not wait until a special day, or week, or month. Let’s bless our Pastor and our Pastor’s family, in every way we can, as often as we can.

Blessings to you, your family, and your Pastor,
Richard. Vincent. Rose.

P.S. Please … Let’s not forget about the Pastor’s wife, and their family … or the Assistant Pastor and his wife, and their family!

Pastor Appreciation Gifts

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Today’s Quote: William R. Inge

“Beautiful thoughts hardly bring us to God until they are acted upon. No one can have a true idea of right until he does it.”

 

Pastors: Recommit Yourselves to What You Were Ordained to Do

“… Don’t preach to grow your congregation; preach to bear witness to what the Lord is doing, and let him grow your church …”

via Pastors: Recommit Yourselves to What You Were Ordained to Do.

 

Listening to the Word Preached

“… As we gather in local churches to hear the preaching of God’s word from faithful ministers, what is the proper spiritual posture we should take for listening to the sermon?”

Listening to the Word Preached.

 

Guest Post: “The Gift of Encouragement”

Great words of encouragement here. Please read the separate articles which are linked to this story. This story/post was a “gift of encouragement,” to me, and I hope for you!
Blessings, Ted

Enough Light

This is another “summer re-run”, as I re-post some articles from my first year of blogging.

The Gift of Encouragement

One of the highest of human duties is the duty of encouragement. It is easy to laugh at men’s ideals; it is easy to pour cold water on their enthusiasm; it is easy to discourage others.  The world is full of discouragers.  We have a Christian duty to encourage one another.  Many a time a word of praise or thanks or appreciation or cheer has kept a man on his feet.  Blessed is the man who speaks such a word.  – William Barclay

Here is an article called “19 ways to Encourage Others”  and another called “The Power of Encouragement”Maybe you have wanted to encourage others but just weren’t sure how to do it?  Both of these articles give examples and offer practical ways that you can…

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Quotes/Picture Collection: CH Spurgeon

Spurgeon at age 23.

Spurgeon at age 23. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: This is the tomb of Charles Spurgeon ...

English: This is the tomb of Charles Spurgeon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Spurgeon near the end of his life.

Spurgeon near the end of his life. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

C. H. Spurgeon,

C. H. Spurgeon, “The Prince of Preachers” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Great quote from CH Spurgeon.

Charles Spurgeon (C.H. Spurgeon)

Charles Spurgeon (C.H. Spurgeon) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

God doesn’t love us because we are valuable. We are valuable because God loves us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Already Not Yet

CH Spurgeon, The Sword and the Trowel, 1876:

Consciousness of self-importance is a hateful delusion, but one into which we fall as naturally as weeds grow on a dunghill. We cannot be used of the Lord without it leading to dreaming of personal greatness, thinking ourselves almost indispensable to the church, pillars of the cause, and foundations of the temple of God.

We are nothing and nobodies, but that we do not think so is very evident, for as soon as we are put on the shelf we begin anxiously to enquire, ‘How will the work go on without me?’ As well might the fly on the coach wheel enquire, ‘How will the mails be carried without me?’

–Charles Spurgeon, as quoted in Iain Murray, Spurgeon vs. Hyper-Calvinism: The Battle for Gospel Preaching (Banner of Truth, 1995), 20

The title to the editorial in which Spurgeon wrote this was:…

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PREACHERS ON PREACHING-THE 10 REMINDERS WITH QUOTES

Wow!!

Here are ten reminders for those who preach and teach the Word of God … as confirmed by some of history’s greatest preachers.

Here is the link to read this one:

Preachers on Preaching With Great Quotes