How You Can Make Your Pastor Better – Yes, You!

Pastors Jeff & Amy Smith, City of Life Church

Pastors Jeff & Amy Smith, City of Life Church

Want to blow the top off of everything you've ever done for your pastor and his or her ministry? You can help your pastor in ways that you aren't aware. And you can do it on your time, when it's convenient for you, and work it around all the other things you have going.

What can you do to enhance and supercharge your pastor's ministry?

Get praying!

That's it?!

Yes, and here's why...

If your pastor is anything like mine he or she has projects cooking all of the time that introduce people to what Christ did to rescue them out of their mess. My pastors, Jeffrey & Amy Smith at City of Life Church, are some of the most creative people I've ever met, and their heart to bring hope to people is off the charts! I hope your pastor has heart and momentum like this too.

But your pastor(s) can't do it alone. My pastors have hundred and hundreds of volunteers working along side them helping get things done in the natural. But know what else they need? Hundred and hundreds of people praying for them and their projects.

When I can't be there physically there is still a way I can help them powerfully. When I can't join in and give face-to-face time, I can still put in some face-to-face time with God that will help my pastors get er done!

Your pastor is in a tough profession. I know from personal experience - pastoring is one of the toughest jobs on the planet. Especially if you're a lead pastor or a senior pastor. Ministry is one of the most time sucking and energy draining callings. And yes, it can be the most satisfying job - but it can also be tough on the family and tough on the pastor --- but YOU can make it easier.

Your pastor needs you. He or she can't do it alone.

You can help your pastor in ways beyond your "flesh and sweat - gifts and abilities". In Ephesians 6:19 (NLT),  Paul says,

And pray for me, too. Ask God to give me the right words so I can boldly explain God’s mysterious plan that the Good News is for Jews and Gentiles alike.

1. Prayer is the most valuable, precious, and powerful thing you can give your pastor. Yes, I say give because it takes your time, it takes your energy, and it takes your compassion to cover him (or her, or them) in the work he is doing.

2. Praying for your pastor is partnering with him. And like Paul, he'll be thankful for you.

Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God. Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy, for you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ. (Philippians 1:3)

3. Your pastor's success will also become your success. It's a win for both of you.

So what are you waiting for? Get praying for you pastor and his projects and you'll be multiplying his or her efforts! Get started today. Or even now!

Here's a prayer you can pray for your pastor:

Father, my senior pastor(s) has a huge responsibility before him. I cannot imagine the load they carry each week preparing for sermons and teachings. Leading, advising, planning, managing, counseling. Whew! That's a lot. Please fuel them with your energy and strength. I ask that the Spirit of the Lord rest on them - the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. I pray that they will delight in obeying the Lord. May the pattern of teaching they use be shaped by the faith and the love of Christ. Give them the right words so they can boldly explain the gift of salvation to all walks of life. Give them hope as they instill hope in me and others. In Jesus Name.

Say This:

The life-giving Spirit of God will hover over my senior pastor(s). The Spirit that brings wisdom and understanding, the Spirit that gives direction and builds strength, the Spirit that instills knowledge and Fear-of-God is all over them. The fear-of-God will be their joy and delight. My pastor's words will bring everyone to attention. A mere breath from his/her lips will topple the wicked. Each morning he'll/she'll get on it and build righteousness and faithfulness in our church and community.

Now, Guess what? You just did something to make your pastor(s) better! You just did something to enhance his ministry and make it stronger. You just did something to refresh him and give him the edge. You just did something in the spirit that's going to manifest itself in the natural. Look out! You just made your pastor better!

If you enjoyed this, pass it on. And here's something else, email your pastor(s) and let him or her know you're praying for what he or she is working on!

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