Church Pastors, If Facing Pastor Burnout,
Need Words Of Encouragement
Encouragement For Church Pastors
Today, more than ever, we need to offer words of encouragement to church pastors. Yes, I know that often we think we need to give tangible gifts of encouragement. A great resource is:Give Christian Gifts of Encouragement from DaySpring.
Words Of Encouragement For Pastors
Words are so powerful in either encouraging or discouraging those they are spoken to. Let me suggest that you measure your words as to the impact they will have.
Even a question with just the wrong inflection can wound the spirit of those in your world.
I know good-hearted people whose verbal patterns inflict judgment and condemnation, especially for a pastor needing to hear at least one word of encouragement.
I for one need to guard my humor because often there is a "barb" that makes a statement humorous, yet, unfortunately, has the capacity to wound the spirit, even when the "victim" laughs with the rest of us.
Just because everyone has a good laugh, humor can inflict harm. I often ask God to "sanctify my humor", so that it will lift up, not tear down, others.
If you can, write a poem for pastors, letting them know through verse, how much you appreciate them for serving the Lord. I am amazed at how many people find this website by entering terms such as pastor appreciation poems or pastor appreciation poetry.
Have A Reputation For Giving Encouragement To Pastors
After all, you will have a reputation for something, so make it positive. In the church world there are gripers, complainers, whiners, and other negative folk whose reputation is that of causing disruption and discouragement.
My challenge to you is that you become known in your circle of influence as an encourager, a positive voice to lift people up. I love giving encouragement to pastors, doing so through conversation.
Internet Encouragement Website
After over 40 years of active ministry, I recently chose to change my ministry career to one of influence through the internet, encouraging people to be all they can be through what I call the ministry of websites.
For example, this career focused website is aimed at church pastors, many who are close to pastor burnout, with the goal of offering a positive message -- words of encouragement to pastors and others in church ministry who just may be feeling the Monday morning "blues".
While there are many ministry website hosts, I use
SiteBuildIt For Building Websites Of Encouragement.
The reason SiteBuildit is my internet platform is that it is ministry income source. That I reach over 1000 visitors per day as a source of encouragement gives me purpose in my ministry retirement years.
From personal experience I discovered that discouraged pastors long to hear someone say, "Pastor, thanks for your obedience to God's call. My life is richer because of your ministry to me".
Talk about words of encouragement! I always found new courage from those encouraging comments spoken to me when I was pastor of a local parish.
Averting Pastoral Burnout Through Pastor Encouragement
The number of pastors said to be leaving the ministry is staggering! I have heard some say 1,500 per month! Whether they are leaving senior pastor jobs or youth pastor jobs, for most churches, one pastor quitting their church and leaving is one too many.
What can we do to avert pastors burning out? First of all, Pray for pastors! Every time I drive past a church campus, I use it as a prompter to pray for church pastors.
Secondly, I believe pastor burnout can be averted simply by words of encouragement to pastors. Oh yeah, many pastors could also use a raise!
Thirdly, like a 3 point sermon, give tangible gifts to encourage your pastor. Let me share once again a great resource.Give Christian Gifts from DaySpring
To Express Encouragement To Your Pastor
By the way, leaving the ministry, as some call it, is not usually because of ill health (other than being sick and tired of the unrealistic expectations that job descriptions for pastors place on them.) Discouragement is the reason many pastors give for what is often referred to as leaving ministry.
I personally do not use the term leaving the ministry. While a pastor may be leaving a local church assignment for another vocational choice, I have seen many church pastors expand their ministry by changing careers.
I honestly believe that doing something other than pastoring a church may be the very calling God will use to make a powerful impact on our world for Christ.
Ministry is far too wide to be limited to a local church.
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To Change Career With Purpose home page.