Encourage pastors who serve you
    September 21 2015 by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer

    Pastors play a significant role in lives of their congregations and their communities. Serving as an under-shepherd to God’s flock in the local church is a calling that brings with it great rewards, but also many challenges. All things considered, I think the stress and pressure many pastors operate under today make it one of the most difficult vocations in our culture.
    Proclaiming God’s Word, sharing the love of Christ and ministering to people in Jesus’ name is a wonderful privilege and an awesome responsibility. Many of the responsibilities that make a minister’s calling so rewarding, are the very same things that also present the greatest challenges.
    As pastors seek to love and shepherd God’s flock faithfully, they can never feel that their work is done. It is a 24/7 responsibility because there always seems to be one more program to be planned, one more person to call, one more visit to make or a little more time that could be spent in sermon and Bible teaching preparation. Pastors gladly do it all ultimately because of their love and commitment to Jesus Christ.
    October is designated as pastor appreciation month. This provides you with a great opportunity to encourage and affirm those who serve and encourage you and your family throughout the year in your church. There are many different ways that your church family can honor and express appreciation to the pastors and staff at your church.
    I still treasure fond memories that were made many years ago when I was pastor of First Baptist Church in Stanley, N.C. Those good people would plan creative ways to design a pastor appreciation Sunday. Sunday School classes and other groups would work together in determining how they could best express their love and support for their pastors. Sometimes, special guests would be invited to drop in for this time of celebration.
    One of the great things that you can do for your pastor is to pray for him on a regular basis and let him know that you do.
    This is a great source of encouragement. It means much to me when I receive cards or emails from individuals or groups in churches telling me how they pray for me and the work of this convention.
    When one of your pastors preaches a message that God uses to encourage or challenge you, let him know. When you or a member of your family are the recipients of his time, words of encouragement, or admonition and prayer support, tell him how much his words or actions helped.
    Proverbs 25:11 reminds us that “a word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pitchers of silver.” Even gestures that may seem simple or small can go a long way toward encouraging your pastors. Remember that pastors and their families have the same spiritual, physical and emotional needs as everyone else.
    I am thankful for the many wonderful and godly pastors and staff members who serve the churches of our state convention. Let’s be sure to let them know how much we honor and appreciate them, not just in October, but all throughout the year. Get busy now and lead your church to plan a great and memorable pastor appreciation Sunday.
    How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!” – Romans 10:15b (KJV)

    9/21/2015 1:10:02 PM by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer | with 0 comments
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