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Creative Pastor Appreciation Ideas -- Give Your Pastor Away
September 19, 2017
How To Keep Your Pastor
Intentionally Give Your Pastor Away
If you are reading this article because you think I am suggesting a way to get rid of your pastor, sorry to disappoint you.
When I say "Give away your pastor" I do so as a way for your church to keep your pastor.
Recently my brother-in-law and his wife visited my wife (his sister) and me. While here, he received a phone call from his pastor, who shared his upcoming travel plans. His pastor would be teaching ministerial students in the fall at a Christian university. Later he was going to a country in the far east to share with pastors on the topic of prayer and spiritual renewal.
I assume that his pastor had the blessing of his church to speak and teach in other venues since I was told he does so quite often.
Then I wondered what his church thought about his absences and was informed that they felt that their pastor is their gift to the church at large! Of course, I was informed, he also has a balanced concept of his ministry, whereby he is gone from his local church pulpit just 4 or 5 Sundays per year.
Realize Your Pastor Is An Asset to ShareI suppose some would ask "If our pastor is such a good speaker, shouldn't we be afraid another church will snatch him away from us?"
While this may happen, there is no reason to be afraid of this happening. After all, most churches called their present pastor because they heard him or her preach elsewhere. God leads and guides His servants all the time.
Sharing your pastor also means releasing your pastor to serve beyond the walls of your church right in your own community.
For example, my brother-in-law also told me their pastor teaches courses at the community college in their town. Immediately I thought that allowing him to do so was a powerful tool of evangelism.
Now I suppose he is compensated for his teaching but that may also be the financial resource that keeps him at his present church assignment.
More than that, through their pastor, they are reaching college students, something many churches do not do well. While those students may not attend services next Sunday, they may think of at least one pastor when they face a crisis in their lives.
Understand It Is A Big World to ImpactAs you share your pastor, you are doing so with a world bigger than your local church. So release your pastor to serve the Lord beyond the four walls of your facility. That is what the Great Commission of Christ found in Matthew 28:19-20 is all about.
Finally, express appreciation for what God is doing through your shared ministry. Do all of this with your blessings as a church, giving your pastor away to the world for God to use for His purposes.
Onward with purpose,
Chaplain Paul Slater
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