Check These Great Ways To Appreciate Your Pastor!

Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour. Romans 13:7

Honour comes from Anglo French word Onur which connotes elevation. It also comes from a latin word honos that means honor. Firstly, honor is one that has high esteem or high public esteem; they are people or individuals of reputation. Secondly these are individuals that have notoriety or recognition.

Thirdly these are individuals that have certain privileges conferred upon them because of their anointing, their gifting, and their ranks.

The word honor is also the root word for the word honorarium.

As we prepare for founder’s Day I want you to know that in as much we cannot talk of honor without an honorarium there are also many ways to show honor apart from money. It may include the following.

Pray for them: “I urge you, brothers and sisters…to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me.” – Romans 15:30

The greatest form of support you can give your pastor is prayer. Even Paul urged the church to pray for him so that he could continue to be an effective leader.

Here are some areas where you can cover your pastor in prayer:

- Provision for every need.
- Strong family relationships.
- Quality rest and good health.
- Wisdom and discernment in ministry.

Write notes of encouragement: “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” – 3 John 1:4 Just as a farmer must wait patiently for their crops to bear fruit, pastors wait weeks, months, even years to see their members grow.

Don’t make your pastors guess whether their ministry has made a difference. Share how they have impacted your life by writing them an encouraging note! Thank them for times when they have ministered to you after “office hours”. Share specific instances where they have helped you become more like Jesus. Affirm that their work matters!

Serve alongside them: “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” – 1 Peter 4:10 The task of running a church doesn’t fall on the pastors alone. We all have skills, talents and gifts that can be used to build up the body of Christ.

From serving to being a lay leader, partner with your pastors to create vibrancy and unity in services, prayer meetings, and cells groups. If you see a problem, don’t complain about it—be part of the solution!

Imitate their faith: “Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.” – Hebrews 13:7 Pastors are very much human and are equally imperfect beings like any of us. Their struggles are real and we can allow their lives to inspire us in following Jesus and living out a life that obeys and honors the Lord’s commands.
Learn from their example. Imitate them as they imitate Christ.

Obey them: “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.” – Hebrews 13:17  While it’s great to be able to agree on everything, that doesn’t quite happen in reality. People are bound to have differing views and opinions. Recognize that leadership is appointed by God. Choose to respond in a manner that honors God and the leadership.

It’s important to talk about differences, clarify misunderstandings and hear their heart for you. Ultimately trust that your pastor desires God’s best for you and choose to align to God’s purpose for the church to remain united.

Love their families “As God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another… Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” – Colossians 3:12-13

Honor your pastors by loving the ones closest to them. Every family has its own struggles, including your pastor’s family. Don’t expect them to be any better than your own. Eliminate unrealistic expectations and regularly extend grace to your pastor’s spouse and children.

Speak well of the church: “May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” – Romans 15:5-6

As a minister, there’s nothing more disheartening than hearing members speak ill of the church. Remember that the body of Christ is made up of imperfect people. Extend the type of grace you would want extended to you.

Instead of complaining and criticizing, comparing and critiquing, speak well of the bride of Christ. Lift up her strengths, live out her values, and embrace her God-given vision.

Founder’s Day woyeeee

Apostle S Masenyama

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Glory Ministries is an international movement which was founded in 2001 by Apostle P. Sibiya, in Chitungwiza, Zengeza, the greater part of Harare, Zimbabwe. It is a global ministry with the vision of taking God's glory to the nations of the world. Bishop Pride Sibiya
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