LEADERSHIP MATTERS by Roger Yancey, D.Min.

October is the month we remember the ministers who faithfully serve our church families.  It’s a time to pause and reflect on the many ways our lives are enriched by these called men and women of God who commit their lives to our growing in Christ.

Many years ago, when I was a pastor in San Antonio, my parents sent me a poem called, “A Prayer from the Pew”.  It is unattributed and I have not been able to find out who wrote it, but I found it to be a reminder of the challenge of ministry and the needs of God’s people.  As you think about how to honor the ones who serve your own church family, allow me to suggest a few ways to show love to your pastor.

Love His Wife.  When a pastor knows his wife is loved and protected by the congregation it affirms the love of his life.  Ministry is often challenging, and a supportive spouse is essential for the journey.

 Love His Family.  Choosing to love his children by giving them the grace every child needs creates an atmosphere of encouragement. They need folks to be their cheerleaders and not their detractors.

 Love His Soul.  Pastors need time to refresh and recover from the daily challenge of ministry. Provide time away for them to renew their heart and the resources they need to do so.

 Love His Time.  By understanding a pastor has limited time, a congregation can support healthy limits on their time commitments.  A pastor can’t be part of everything so be wise in your expectations.

 Love His Focus.  God gives vision to a pastor to see what a church can become as it faithfully follows the Lord – be an advocate and an encouragement to the vision the Lord has birthed.

 Love His Lord.  A congregation who is in love with Jesus and actively loving their community is a blessing to the pastor.  Love the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind, and body, and your neighbor as yourself.

 Love Him.  Love your pastor for who he is as a person created in the image of God.  Love them and not just what they do or the gifts they bring to a church family.  Love them well and deeply.

 I am mindful there are other members of staff we need to include in honoring the clergy among us so I would encourage you to apply the thoughts above to the ways you show love to your staff members. Let’s all commit to being an encourager to our staff, not just in October, but throughout the days we walk with them.

In Kingdom service,

Executive Director, AMS