“And now, friends, we ask you to honor those leaders who work so hard for you, who have been given the responsibility of urging and guiding you along in your obedience. Overwhelm them with appreciation and love” (The Message). 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13
At Standing Stone Ministry we are all about Leader Care. We exist to bring love, encouragement, hope, energy, and fun back into the lives of those that serve in our churches. Whether we serve our church leadership by hosting a ministry couple during a one-on-one weeklong retreat or through a mentoring relationship with one of our Standing Stone Associates our focus is on keeping our Shepherds healthy and vitalized in order to best serve the flocks that the Lord has entrusted to them.
One way we can accomplish this is by encouraging God’s people to show appreciation to their pastor and leadership team on a weekly basis. Therefore, we launched a new series here on the Standing Stone Blog – 52 Ways to Care for Your Pastor. Our hope is that as you read these posts and were inspired to apply some of these ideas at your own church and bless and care for your pastor(s).
We didn’t want you to feel obligated or pressured to carry out every single suggestion every single week. That would be too time consuming, too expensive, and let’s be honest, too creepy. You want to cause your pastor to feel loved and appreciated, not stalked!
And, it’s not just the lead pastor that we want to bless. We hope you were able to apply some of these suggestions to others on staff in a pastoral capacity – music, children’s, student’s (junior high/high school), college/career, young marrieds….you get the idea. Everyone serving in a pastoral/leadership role in the church needs affirmation because, unfortunately, the opposite is actually more common. It’s a shame.
We also don’t want to forget the unsung heroes of the church —- ministry wives! We gave a few suggestions for blessing them as well; the pastor’s children, too. Living life in a fishbowl for all to see and judge is tough. Having healthy and happy spouses and children is an important component in having healthy and happy shepherds!
We are excited about this series and hope that if you haven’t been able to read them all you will take the time to look over all 52 weeks in order to be inspired. We gave you a year’s worth of ideas, please take advantage of some of them.
If you’ve been following along or if you are new to our site we’d love to hear from you! If you’ve used some of these ideas to care for your pastor or if you are a pastor that has been blessed by these posts we want to hear from you too! Please feel free to comment below any of the posts or on our Facebook page. And, of course, please feel free to share these posts with your friends.