Having a pastor can be a very special gift. Since I no longer have one (because pastors really don’t have a pastor), this has really come to the forefront for me. But what does it mean to have a pastor? Well, I know it doesn’t necessarily mean:
- since my church has called a pastor now I have a pastor.
- since I go to worship and shake his/her hand now I have a pastor.
- since I donate to the church now I have a pastor.
- since I listen to him/her preach now I have a pastor.
- since I follow him/her on social media or his/her blog now I have a pastor.
Don’t get me wrong, these are all great things to do, but they don’t necessarily equate to having a pastor. Because having a pastor means having a relationship. And as you know, relationships take work, by all people involved. What kind of work?
- Spend quality time with your pastor. Sunday morning handshakes and chit chat is just not enough.
- So, invite your pastor to your home, to coffee, to lunch, to your children’s sports event/recital/play, to see your own hobbies/work, etc.
- Talk to your pastor about last Sunday’s sermon! They love this!
- Share your own passions with your pastor and how you’d like to use them through the work of the church.
- Pray for your pastor and tell your pastor that you’re doing so.
- Ask your pastor how he/she is really doing. Just be prepared for an honest answer!
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These are just a few ways you can help make your pastor YOUR pastor. And of course it’s a two-way street. Pastors have their own work to do in this relationship.