Do You Own It?

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Do you take ownership of your area of ministry? It doesn’t matter what ministry you’re involved in, kitchen clean-up or the head of a team, do you take ownership for your part?

What does taking ownership look like? Here are six ways:

  • Coming up with creative ideas for new things to try; moving the ministry forward.
  • Arriving early to help set-up.
  • Staying until the work is done and things are cleaned up.
  • Faithfully attending scheduled meetings, being there on time for the start of it.
  • Contacting team members who were absent. (You don’t have to be “the leader” to do this.)
  • Faithfully praying for your team and pastor.

This will bless your pastor because he’ll feel relieved of the weight of making sure things are taken care of. When a servant leader takes ownership of his or her ministry, the pastor is free to focus on the items on his agenda instead of worrying about the things that we should do.

In what other ways can we take ownership of our ministries? Tweet me your thoughts; I’d love to hear! Use the hashtag #BlessYourPastor.

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Pray First

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Do you have struggles, battles and confusing times in your life? Of course you do, we all do.

I tend to want to talk to somebody, use my phone-a-friend option, to discuss the matter. It helps me to talk it out. But I forget to take it to God first. He’s the best friend there is to phone! That’s what prayer is – phoning Jesus.

But some people prefer to go to their pastor to lament their problem, spill their guts and even want the pastor to do the praying for them!

I once had a pastor who would patiently listen then ask the complainer to pray while he agreed. It gave him a good sense of how well the person had prayed before taking their problem to him. Did they really seek God’s help before approaching the pastor?

How about you? Do you pray first before seeking your pastor’s counsel? It’s not bad to ask your pastor for advice or direction, and most likely he’s happy to give it, especially if he knows you’ve prayed and sought God’s answer first.

Bless your pastor and pray, really pray – even fast – before calling him to request time to meet with him. That will bless Jesus too!

Time Away for Pastors

 

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Photo: Zwaddi

Do you allow your pastor time away from the office and the demands of ministry?

I read an article earlier this week that was tweeted by Ron Edmondson – Pastor Commits Suicide While Congregation Waits for Him To Preach. It broke my heart on so many levels.

While it seems the bigger issue with Pastor Teddy Parker could have been mental illness, I want to address the need for people to make it okay for pastors to take time away from their ministry.

My pastor was recently gone for two weeks and I picked up only a tiny amount of the slack that is a constant in his life. By the last day of his time away, I was feeling a bit overwhelmed by all of the details, questions, issues and more that I took care of. It wasn’t anything major, and it was energizing to be able to delegate and take care of things to keep the church running smooth, but I was glad when Pastor was back.

I had a small glimpse into the late-night and early morning texts with sick pastors and families. In the almost 2-years that we’ve had our own building we haven’t had a funeral – until Pastor was gone. (I was really proud of our team who stepped up and got things taken care of.) And so many more details that arose.

Pastors work hard.

There is a huge demand on their time from sun-up to sun-down. Somebody always needs something, has a question, has an emergency or wants to complain.

Pastors spend hours putting their sermons together to get them just right. They may create an outline for people to take notes, search for a video clip, or determine if a skit will be used to make a point. (I know a pastor who brought in a small front-loader full of Jelly Belly’s to make a point!)

Many pastors are dealing with the demands of building programs, spending hours in meetings and discussions.

I know quite a few pastors who write books. Writing is very time-consuming.

Being a pastor is a 24-hour-a-day job. No time off.

Unless Pastor makes time.

Let it be okay for your pastor to take time off. Let him go away for the weekend, or two-weeks. He needs that balance in his life. He needs time to rest, refresh, focus on his family and hear from God. I promise that when he gets back, he’ll be full of energy.

Release him with your blessing and don’t make comments when he gets back, like, “I’m sure glad you’re back! We needed you!”

I don’t know if a vacation would’ve helped Pastor Teddy Parker or not. It sounds like he had a lot of pressure with all that he had going on with a building program, and battling a mental illness in itself is stressful. I pray that his family is comforted by Jesus as they walk through this difficult time.

What are you doing to make sure your pastor has time off? How can you help your pastor have a safe person to confide in?

Read my previous post: Why Bless Your Pastor

Why Bless Your Pastor

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One of the ways which brought someone to my blog was the Google search “why bless your pastor”. Fair question, and it made me think: Why should we bless our pastors?

Here are four reasons. Maybe you could add more.

They are authority given to us by God. By submitting to their authority we submit ourselves to God’s authority and obey God’s word.

Hebrews 13:17 “Obey your leaders, and submit to them; for they keep watch over your souls, as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you.”

It honors them.

I Thessalonians 5:12-13 “But we request of you, that you appreciate those who diligently labor among you, and have charge over you in the Lord and give you instruction, that you esteem them very highly in love because of their work.”

It makes their job easier. It can be tiresome when people want to complain or are “needy”. Pastors are involved in many problems throughout the day and being encouraged with positive reports and actions make their ministry a little easier. He’ll know you are growing, helping others and serving which will free him up to minister to the lost and hurting, the ones who really need his time and attention.

Because when they are blessed, you’ll be blessed! By feeding blessings to your pastor he feels more at peace, knowing he can relax and worry less about his flock.

Read my previous post: Participate

Participate

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Pastors and their staff don’t sit around planning events because they’re bored. They are looking for ways to reach your community to tell the hurting and hopeless that Jesus loves them and wants to bring them out of their chaos. But they need your help!

Tell your friends and neighbors about the events happening at your church: special guests, concerts, rummage sales, men’s breakfasts, women’s retreats, family picnic or kid’s day. Even if it doesn’t excite you too much, the person you invite could have a life changing experience. You never know how God is going to work in someone’s life. 

It’s encouraging to your pastor to see you at as many events as possible, but even more exciting to see you bring a friend who needs to know Jesus’ love. This is a great way to bless your pastor!

Read my previous post: A Novel Idea