Ministry to the Minister
Today I’m thrilled to bring you a guest post from Lisa Taylor at Barnabas House of Oklahoma. Lisa and her husband followed God’s leading to build a place for pastors and their families to come away and rest, a place to feel restored, refreshed, renewed. Her heart for pastors and ministers is evident and I’m honored to have her guest post today to share that heart with you. Read Lisa’s blog to learn more about Barnabas House or follow her on Twitter @barnabashouseok.
Baby dedication, hospitalization, wedding, family crisis, worship services, funeral, youth camp, wedding – 24/7, 365 days a year. Like the shepherd guards his flock, feeds them, and tends to their wounds, your minister willingly lays down his life for his congregation. His family likely serves by his side as well – women’s ministry, Sunday school, youth ministry, nursery, worship team, dorm monitor, vacation Bible school, and sound booth – the list goes on and on.
I know you love your pastor. You wouldn’t be at your church if you didn’t. So how can you show your appreciation for the commitment he makes daily? In my experience these tireless servants rarely share their needs and wants. But that doesn’t mean they don’t have them. A big gift on Pastor Appreciation Sunday each year is a wonderful thing, still there are ways you can bless them throughout the year. Here are some practical and even some frivolous suggestions to let them know you care:
- Gift cards – restaurant, grocery store, home improvement store, gas station, etc. That way you can be sure the gift is just what they need.
- Volunteer – be specific, there’s always something that needs to be done.
- Cash – it’s always the right size and color!
- Tickets – movie, play, sporting event, concert, amusement park. These things are often the last things a pastor’s family gets to attend.
- Babysitting – if your pastor has young children, a night or weekend of childcare is sure to be welcome.
- Spa services
- Housecleaning services – but let them know it’s not because you think their house is dirty!
- Car detailing and maintenance or repair.
- Lawn care.
- Weekend get-away.
- Sponsor their attendance at annual denominational convention.
- Fresh vegetables, eggs, etc. from your own garden.
- Card or letter of encouragement sent regularly.
- Fresh flowers from your yard, grocery store, or florist.
- Home repair and maintenance.
Be creative! Gestures of gratitude don’t need to be expensive to be valuable. Think of the things your family enjoys – your pastor and his family probably enjoy them too. You may certainly ask them for suggestions, but don’t be surprised if they are reluctant to say.
Much like you want to hear and see your spouse’s love for you daily, your minster wants to know that you care. Be God’s hands of love to them – it will make a difference in your life as well as theirs.