I recently collected some ideas on how those who work for the church can support the senior pastor every day, not just during Pastor Appreciation month. When I started seeking out thoughts and inspiration for the post, I found I had more than just one post’s worth! Here’s part 2 of my post, How to support your senior pastor.
Pray daily. “I urge then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone—for kings and all those in authority” (1 Tim. 2:2). This includes your lead pastor. Do you pray for him? Daily? Serve the senior pastor with a hidden ministry of faithful intercession. And pray for him publicly at ministry team meetings or when you lead congregational worship.
– Jeramie Rinne
Grow mature in the faith. Grow and work to preserve the work of God in your sphere. Do not contribute to confusion, gossip and bitter attitudes. Get involved in action, service, and financial contribution, which are all vital to the health of the Christian mission of proclaiming Christ in your community and the world.
– John Catanzaro
Have his back. That’s an obvious for this list, but unless the senior pastor is doing something immoral, you should have his back. If you can’t, move on… You should make this decision early in your relationship, preferably before you start, but definitely soon into the process. Resisting the leadership of the senior pastor is usually not good for you or the church.
– Ron Edmonson
What are your thoughts? What other ways do you support your senior pastor?