7 Ways to Support Your Pastor on Sunday

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Sunday mornings are a stressful time for pastors. My ministry includes interacting with dozens of pastors each week. It appears to me that there are some common experiences on Sunday morning for many of us.

I also know most people who love their church…and love their pastor…want to help any way they can to make the Sunday morning experience the best it can be. That’s what this post is about.

Here are 7 ways you can help your pastor on Sunday:

Pray – Pray for your pastor. Ask God to open the ears of the people, to guide your pastor’s heart and to bless the services with His Spirit.

Don’t critique – Sunday morning is not the best time to bring complaints. It is very distracting when the pastor is about to speak to hear criticism that will have to be dealt with later. It weighs very heavy on the mind and gets in the way of focusing on the message. Hold those until Monday, but even then, ask yourself if sharing it is personal to you or genuinely helpful to the entire body.

Don’t share something you want us to remember – Most likely we will forget what you told us by the time Sunday is done. Send us an email later or call us Monday morning. If it must be shared on Sunday, please write it down for us so we can remember the details. Our minds are so clouded on Sunday thinking about a million different things. And, we try hard to make our focus about a message we hope God will use.

Be Kingdom-minded – Think of others interests even ahead of your own. Keep in mind the temperature in the room may not be your ideal temperature, but it may be exactly the right temperature for someone else. Your song may not be sung today, but it could be the song that leads another to the throne of grace. The message may not address what you’re dealing with right now, but for someone else, it might be life-changing. Be a part of the crowd that says, “I love what helps another” and you’ll help your pastor and the church greatly on Sunday mornings.

Volunteer – The work of the church can’t function with only a few people. I’ve never met the church that had too many people volunteering in preschool ministry, too many greeters, or too many people willing to do whatever it takes.

Introduce us to visitors – We love to meet visitors, especially those seeking a church home. It is comforting when the church is bringing people with them or meeting new visitors as they arrive.

Pray – It really does begin and end with prayer. More than anything, we want your prayer support. The Spirit of God seems to respond when you do.

Pastor, how else can people help you on Sunday?

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33 thoughts on “7 Ways to Support Your Pastor on Sunday

  1. Insightful. I would also like to add that one of the ways we can assist our Pastors is by remaining loyal and faithful throughout our stay in the church as members. Many issues will come in that can cause us to deviate and turn against the leader, but loyalty will ensure that we're planted where God wants us to be. A great resource for this Biblical doctrine can be found in Dag Heward-Mills' "Loyalty and Disloyalty"… check it out :)

  2. I so appreciate this article. So true! I have noticed that most of the 'reply's' are from Pastors or people involved in Ministry. I have been a Pastor's wife for 26 years and the longer I am in Ministry the more my heart bleeds for the people of our congregation. I am learning that people will not treat us fairly and they seldom give a thought to what their Pastor faces. But when we least expect it people will express their love and appreciation for us. Being in ministry is to be called to love the people of God unconditionally. I try to remember that if Jesus' heart broke over those that He loved, so will ours. I so appreciate the fact that the about list opens with praying for your family and ends with praying for your family! Our ministries may be difficult but our reward will be great! Thanks again for the article

  3. Ron! Great list. I'll be sharing this one on Facebook this morning. I've been seeing it making the rounds on social-media but just now popped over this morning. Glad I did! Take care.

  4. As a former Administrative Secretary for a Pastor for many years, I gleaned and I learned many things about how the family of God works. People come to church on Sunday and I liken it to the "family living room" they all feel they have the desire to get into the face and space of the Patriarch. But the mom says: "Give your dad 5 minutes, he just got home and he needs time to change hats from work to home" So it became a family rule dad gets 15 minutes and then you can all "pig pile on dad" LOL! Family rules are meant to be "spoken" shared out loud and they are not really understood if shared in non verbal ways. The heart of our Pastor was for the people, yes, he wanted to touch each one, BUT on Sunday his role as being called to God 1st, is to impart the food, feed the sheep and that takes a lot of focus and much energy is needed to be able to do that and he knows he needs a vital-vertical connection to do it, a connection not broken by a horizontal relationship with us, the "sheep". So the Pastor "non verbally" communicates this, but very rarely do you hear it communicated verbally. We began to communicate it verbally. Sunday is a day for the pastor to speak to us as a whole, like Jesus did. Jesus He spoke to the multitudes, he spoke to the 12, he spoke to people one on one and all those ways are good. We communicated it to the people on Sunday for them to come to the Admin staff, we became His Ambassadors… On Sunday morning, before the service, Pastor got a time out and the church was reminded verbally about it, respected it and understood the need for it. They knew He loved them, they knew His priority was them, but they also knew His 1st call was to feed the sheep on Sunday morning and in order to do that with excellence, he needed a "time out" and we were all happy to give it to him because we got blessed more when HE made that vital-vertical connection with God on Sunday mornings.
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  5. Great post, Ron.

    One thing I appreciated as a pastor and am subsequently trying to apply in this season as a volunteer is people who were available but not demanding. I want my pastor(s) to know I am there, I'm ready to help, and if there is something they need to communicate with me about after a service I want to make it easy for them to do so. However, I know Sunday morning is NOT the time for me to, for example, ask about scheduling a meeting for later in the week. As a pastor I found it was often helpful for key people to make their presence known in a simple, non-demanding way, and this was especially helpful in reminding me if I had something to communicate to them.

  6. Amen! Ron, you nailed it.

    I wonder how many pastors have moved to praying backstage or staying on stage before the message to avoid the people who do not realize this? I know I’m guilty at times.

    You are a blessing.
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  7. How about attitude? We could always show up with an attitude that says "I'm glad I came", rather than one that says I could be ome in bed, I could be in a deer stand, I could be…..
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