Pastor Henry Dyck’s advice continues, this time for the congregations. (Find the complete sermon, From this Side of the Fence, at http://www.bfmc.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=55&Itemid=86).
- Pray, pray, pray for your pastors and then pray some more.
- Submit to their leadership (IF they have shown themselves to be true to the Word of God in all areas of their life)
- Toss out the cookie cutter. Pastors are not all the same.
- Be openly responsive to their ministry and encourage them by telling them so.
- Become involved in church ministry and church life instead of sitting on the sidelines and tossing bricks.
- Stop the gossip. This is a destructive tool of Satan.
- Focus on the big picture. Church is not about us but it is about those who are not here yet.
Let’s think on these things a minute or two. Instead of asking if our pastor is worthy of us, maybe we need to ask if we are worthy of them.
1 Thessalonians 5:12-13-Now also we beseech you, brethren, get to know those who labor among you [recognize them for what they are, acknowledge and appreciate and respect them all]—your leaders who are over you in the Lord and those who warn and kindly reprove and exhort you. And hold them in very high and most affectionate esteem in [intelligent and sympathetic] appreciation of their work. Be at peace among yourselves.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for my pastor, _____________. I ask that you protect them and their families. Help me to be a helpful parishioner, not a whining deviate. For Christ’s Sake. Amen.