As pastor, I served in such generous churches. Almost every week someone sent me a note or an email to tell me they were praying for me. I routinely got encouragement when I need it most. Some of our closest friends were at the churches where I served as pastor. I’m so thankful for the body of Christ God allowed us to serve.
A question I received often was, “Pastor, what can I do for you?” or “How can I pray for you?”
I was so thankful for that kind of heart.
The church always did plenty for me, but since they asked – and I assume you may wonder what you can do for your pastor…
Here’s what I loved receiving from the church:
- Understanding that I’m human and will make mistakes.
- Prayers that I would stay focussed, committed and faithful.
- Seeing a need within the church or community and meeting it without being asked.
- Not looking to be spoon fed, but taking ownership and responsibility for spiritual growth.
- Realizing that I couldn’t be everywhere or do everything I might have wished I could.
- Bringing new people with them to church as often as they could.
- Making church services a priority over other activities – rather than the opposite.
I realize this is a daunting list.
It would not be an easy list to complete.
But people did ask, so it seemed I had an obligation to share with those who did.
By the way – I love the picture with this post:
Can I get an Amen?
Giving visible feedback to messages – that’s an added bonus!
Pastor, what would you like from your church?