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Friday, October 21, 2016
Clergy Appreciation Month: Encouragement
“And let us consider one another to provoke
unto love and to good works: Not
forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but
exhorting one another: and so much the
more, as ye see the day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:24-25 KJV)
October is here a time set aside for appreciating our
pastors and all they and their families do—the sacrifices they make to care for
the people in their charge. Of course,
we should appreciate them the other eleven months of the year! October is Clergy Appreciation Month, with
this in mind, I will be sharing (with some editing) what I posted last October.
We are told in the Bible to encourage each other daily,
while we still can (see Hebrews 3:13), this includes our pastor. How are we doing in following the counsel of
the writer of Hebrews?
One area where we can encourage our pastor is in dreaming
and or visioning for the church, one of the many parts of a pastor’s job
description. It is here that our pastors
seek the Lord, ideally, for direction in leading the church. For example, it is here that new ministries
are born or new formatting for worship is realized.
Dreaming or visioning is simply planning, setting goals for
the future. Without goals churches, like
people, tend to aimlessly drift through life.
Dreams or visions help get things accomplished.
Photo Credit: P. Whitlatch
Be supportive of those dreams—handling them with care
because they are delicate—like soap bubbles.
Many times, those dreams are inspired by the Holy Spirit. Dreams can be costly in terms of time,
effort, and even money. Yet Holy Spirit
inspired dreams can change the direction of churches and of lives. Holy Spirit dreams can (and have) set the
world on fire! Holy Spirit dreams are
still setting the world on fire and making a huge difference in the lives of
What dream(s) is the Holy Spirit giving you?
When the temptation arises to criticize the dreaming and or visioning
of your pastor (or anyone else!), recall how it felt to have your dreams
destroyed by someone who simply did not understand or simply refused to
understand. How did you feel? What happened to those dreams? Please encourage others to not criticize as
Encourage your pastor to keep dreaming! Ask good questions and seek to understand
your pastor’s ideas. In so doing, I
believe that you will learn more about the heart of your pastor. Learning more about your pastor’s heart is
priceless! Deeply consider and pray
about how you can help him or her in implementing those dreams, by using your
gifts and talents.
What dreams and/or visions has your pastor shared with you
and/or your church?
Photo credit: P. Whitlach
Please join me in prayer:
Dear Lord, we pray that our
pastor will find the freedom and courage to dream godly dreams and have the
courage and strength from You to follow them.
Bless our pastor in planning for the future ministry of our church. Help us to support and encourage our pastor
to pursue the dreams and visions and not get in the way; encouraging others to
be open to new ideas and new ways of doing things. Open us to the ways we can assist our pastor
in dreaming and visioning for the church and in pursuing those by the use of
the gifts You have graciously given us.
In Jesus’ name we pray.