52 Ways: #10 Tell him you appreciate him…and why*

This is an easy way to care for your pastor and others.  Simply tell him that you appreciate him and why.  The why is important.  We all love to be told what we are doing right, don’t we?  Your pastor and other leadership and staff members are no different.  Giving a reason shows thoughtfulness and sincerity.

Check out the difference:

“Hey Jeff, I appreciate ya buddy!”

Um, okay, thank you.

Be more specific, like this:

“Hey Jeff, I really appreciate you!  I love the fact that you make yourself available to everyone after the service and take the time to pray with people.  Thank you!”

See?  How easy was that?  You don’t need to lie in wait for your pastor after the service in order to share your Top Ten List David Letterman style.  Just a quick word while you’re going out the door is sufficient.

Don’t stop at the pastor though.  There are so many people involved in making church services run smoothly.  Look around you.  Do you see other pastors on staff?  Don’t be afraid to approach them, even if you don’t remember their name at that moment, and speak words of appreciation.  And please don’t limit yourself to pastors only.  Support staff and volunteers you see on a regular basis would appreciate hearing how much their service means to you.

So how about it?  Do you think you could put today’s tip into practice this weekend?  It’s easy, costs no money, yet could pay eternal dividends.  Don’t underestimate the power of affirmation and appreciation and the difference your words could make in someone’s life.

Do you appreciate your pastor?  Do you appreciate your entire pastoral staff, leadership team, and various volunteers you see each week?  Then allow me to nudge you in the direction of sharing your thoughts.

Now here’s your chance.  Have you taken the time to tell your pastor/staff how much you appreciate him/them?  Do you have any fun stories to share?  We’d love to hear from you!  Your stories will be an encouragement to others.

**We recognize that there are many women pastors and that all posts don’t apply equally to men and women in ministry.  We try to be gender neutral and when the use of he/she or him/her is too cumbersome we default to the masculine pronoun.  The reverse is true for referring to the pastor’s spouse.  We hope that you can read past these masculine and feminine pronouns to the spirit behind each post —- creative ways to be a blessing to those who serve us…..and their spouses.

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