Honoring Your Pastors'
My parents, as you know, have been pastors of Jackson Vineyard the last 5 years. What you don’t know is they have been my pastors’ the last 25 years. I’m bias when it comes to my parents, being who they are, and what they have accomplished as husband and wife of 34 years. Three men growing in their spiritual walk with Jesus, and only Him. I am honored to be called their son. I get both worlds. Both pastors and parents. Outside the church, they are Mom and Dad. Inside the church, they are my pastors.
Dad and Mom, thank you for all the lessons and teachings of who Jesus is to me, being my example of what Christ looks like through your unconditional love towards me, and thank you for allowing me to be your “Sunshine”.
Okay, now to the important stuff!
You see what I did there. I appreciated and thank them for what they did for me. Not only as their son, but as a church member.
Growing up, did you ever thanked your Pastors and/or Leaders?
There are 3 things I want you to do as a body of believers.
1. Pray daily, weekly, monthly for your leaders.
2. Encourage them
3. Thank them
What does God say about Pastors and Leaders?
Jeremiah 3:15 ESV
“And I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding.”
So why do we need Pastors?
- To guide us
- To know who Jesus is
Hebrews 13:17 ESV
“Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.”
You know why we need to encourage our pastors?
In a survey, I read recently. On average, 1,500 pastors are leaving the ministry every month. Every MONTH!!!!!
Pastors and Leaders need us church.
I encourage you to pray, encourage, and thank them.
My final question to you,
What would it be like if we encouraged, prayed, appreciated our pastors?
We would live in a different world.
We can stop pastors from leaving the ministry for good.