Being a lead pastor is one of the most challenging positions anyone can have. It’s difficult, at best. Many (most) pastors work tirelessly with little recognition.
As a leader in the church (whatever your “official” title is) you have an opportunity to express appreciation. I get it…you may have some significant challenges with your lead pastor – been there, done that. Work those things out appropriately, but don’t let it keep you from expressing proper appreciation for what they do.
Why? Here are…
5 Reasons Every Staff Member Should Appreciate the Lead Pastor
1. Because your Pastor is placed in his leadership role by none other than God Himself.
Scripture talks in many places about God raising up leaders, and removing them. While sometimes we might wish for the latter, it’s hard not to respect the former. If God placed your Pastor in the role as leader of your church, that should be respected. After all, who are we to not appreciate anything that God has done?
This alone should cause us to step back and appreciate the position.
2. Because your Pastor carries burdens that you know nothing about.
Trust me, you don’t know the half of it!
Aside from wearing far more hats than they should, they also carry burdens of the congregation that most of us know nothing about.
When there is trouble with the staff, who feels responsible?
When there is no staff and people have problems that need to be dealt with, who does it go to?
Who is it that everyone wants to be known by? And who everyone wants to perform the wedding, or the funeral, or …
What family is held to a higher standard than any other in the church, with greater expectations?
Who is looked to by the leadership team (board, elders, staff, etc.) to solve the financial challenges of the church?
And we could go on and on and on. Most people don’t recognize the incredible expectations carried by our Pastors. Expectations on their time, their family, their knowledge (they need to know everything), their energy, and their everything else!
Oh, and since it’s a spiritual calling, they really ought to serve sacrificially, so they don’t need much of a salary.
3. Because your Pastor has many of the same struggles that you have.
Yep, they are real people. And with all of the expectations come all of the struggles.
At work, at home, in relationships, financially, and so on. They deal with the same emotions and frustrations. They have many of the same unmet desires and dreams.
The difference is that there are very, very few people that your pastor can go to just to share these struggles.
4. Because your Pastor hears far more criticism and complaining (usually unfiltered) than they do encouragement and appreciation.
If you are in ministry, you’ve heard the criticism. You’ve heard the complaining.
If you’ve been in ministry for more than a little while, in all likelihood you’ve had criticism and complaining directed at you.
It’s no different for your pastor, except that they hear it a lot more than you.
I promise. And not just about them and what they do, but about everyone else, as well.
Like any of us, Pastors need to hear the good more than the bad, but that’s rarely the case.
5. Because your Pastor needs to know their team is with them.
I’ve always said, in any job or volunteer position I’ve had (ministry or non-ministry), that my role is to make those above me more successful. Sure, there are always going to be times when I disagree with my leader, when we have clashes or some sort or another, or when I don’t really understand what they are doing.
Regardless, my role is to be on board with leadership. If I can’t, and I can’t work it out with leadership, I need to have the integrity to move on.
Your pastor needs to know that you are on board with them. One way to do that is to choose to appreciate them.