Every pastor needs an MVP or a whole tribe of them.
An MVP is a Most Valuable Partner.
MVP’s will walk a mile in – not on – their pastor’s shoes.
MVP’s know pastors are people first and pastors second.
3 Things I Know For Sure
1. People overwhelmingly love their pastors.
2. People often don’t express their love for their pastors. Church goers are more likely not to say anything about their pastors than express their love for them.
3. Critics often drown out those who love their pastors. Negative people tend to be relatively loud but in the distinct minority. As a consequence, pastors often feel like critics represent the majority. Most of the time, the vast majority of people are very positive about their pastors, but they are quiet as well.
9 Ways To Be Your Pastor’s MVP
1. Be openly supportive. Pray for your pastor. Then show up early before a church service to tell your pastor that you prayed for them. Write them an encouraging note. Hug your pastor.
2. Roll up your sleeves and become a part of the team. Volunteer. Join in. Find a need and fill it.
3. Follow the leadership of your Pastor. Nothing fires up a pastor like the affirmation of people who are not trying to get them fired.
“…they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.” (Hebrews 13:17).
4. Pray! Pray! Pray for your Pastor. Ask God to shower your Pastor with an abundance of love, hope, joy, faith, peace, power, wisdom, and courage.
Pray for your Pastor’s maturity and growth in faith.
Pray for their family.
5. Treat your Pastor with optimism.
Be mindful of this advice from the German writer, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: “If you treat a person as he is, he will stay as he is. But if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.”
6. Stand with your Pastor through tough times. A pastor stands with you in the adverse circumstances of life, doesn’t forsake you when others may abandon you, helps hold you accountable to your values, forgives and encourages you if or when you fail.
7. Support the ministry and your Pastor financially.
8. Give your Pastor the benefit of the doubt. Support your pastor even when they can’t publicly explain why certain decisions or actions have been made. Oftentimes, to protect the privacy of others, pastors frequently cannot disclose everything publicly… and professional ethics sometimes demand silence over issues that are very sensitive.
If a tough decision takes place, support your pastor and avoid the criticism that usually comes along with such situations.
9. Stay focused on the BIG picture. The big picture is JESUS. Work with your pastor to bring souls into the Kingdom of God.
Don’t get weighed down by church politics, nonsense, offenses or whatever else goes on, but keep your focus on Jesus and on what your church and your pastor are really all about.
Are you an MVP? If in doubt, ask your pastor. Please leave a comment below. Thank you!
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