Praise for Pastors
Have you ever considered ministering to your pastor? That thought might catch some of you by surprise. Often times we think of the pastor as the one who ministers, not the other way around. In America, we tend to have a consumer mentality as we approach church shopping, and look for the elements we need for our family. Maybe we seek out a good youth program or a Sunday school that engages our preschoolers. Still others might scour local churches for a minister who keeps them spell bound when he steps into the pulpit. None of these are bad, but that’s not the whole picture.
God makes it clear in Scripture that we should look out for the needs of others, and he enables us to do that. When someone places his faith in Jesus, God bestows a gift on him to use in the body of Christ. Note what the apostle Peter commanded in his first epistle, “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace…” In fact, every believer has a vital spot in the church body, including the pastor and his wife.
October is Pastor Appreciation Month. That may seem like another event the media imposes on us. However, read I Timothy 5:17, ” Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching.” In light of that, Nan Jones and Patti Harris give us tips on what life is like for a pastor’s wife. Listen and learn how to reach out to your pastor and his family.
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Cynthia, I enjoyed this show. As a pastor’s wife, it can be challenging to find the balance between expressing the hardships and conveying the blessings. There are certainly both on the journey and joy always tips the scales toward our lives in Christ. Earlier this year, I connected with Nan Jones on Twitter and quickly became friends realizing we are kindred spirits. Your pastor’s wife and Nan ministered words of grace and truth through this broadcast. It lifted my spirit this morning. Thank you. I am learning to keep my eyes on Jesus and to lay the expectations of others and my own at His feet as I take my cue about who I am from the great I AM.
I’m so glad you felt encouraged. Keep up the good work.