Thursdays with Todd Linn: 6 Ways Deacons Can Bless Their Pastor

A few weeks ago I wrote a post entitled 6 Ways Pastors Can Bless Their Deacons. Today’s post examines the other side of that equation, offering 6 ways deacons can bless their pastor.

  1. Encourage your pastor. There are many practical ways to encourage your pastor. Go with him on ministry visits and join him in sharing the gospel. Speak a word of encouragement to him (Proverbs 15:23). If he preached a good message, tell him. You can bless him enormously simply by saying, “Good preaching, today!” Tell your pastor you love him and are praying for him. I’ve yet to meet a pastor who felt he was being encouraged too much. 
  2. Support your pastor’s leadership. Pastors are called by God to oversee the church (1 Timothy 3:1-71 Peter 5:2-3). Their primary role is to lead while deacons are to serve (1 Timothy 3:8-13). This does not mean deacons are to “serve blindly,” but unless your pastor has engaged in behavior considered unethical, immoral, or illegal, he is worthy of your support as shepherd of God’s flock (1 Peter 5:2).
  3. Always speak positively of your pastor.  You may not always agree with your pastor, but always speak positively of him, remembering Paul’s warning against being “double-tongued” (1 Timothy 3:8). When you consistently speak favorably of your pastor, members will know you are committed to church unity. Be sure to share disagreements and concerns with your pastor in private (cf. Matthew 18:15).
  4. Offer your pastor good counsel. Given your godly character (1 Timothy 3:8-13; cf. Acts 6:3), you have much to offer in terms of biblical counsel and life experience. Be sure your pastor knows he can come to you for counsel at any time and can trust you to keep confidences.
  5. Support your pastor’s family. There’s something special about a deacon who takes time to talk to the pastor’s wife and children. If you are married, this is a great way to include your wife in deacon ministry (cf. 1 Timothy 3:11). She can support your pastor’s wife by checking on her periodically and making sure she is doing well. If your pastor has children, greet them warmly when you see them and get to know their hobbies and interests.
  6. Pray for your pastor. When deacons pray for their pastor, they are blessing their pastor in the greatest way possible. Take time throughout the week to lift up your pastor in prayer, asking God to grace him with wisdom, strength, and encouragement. Bless your pastor periodically by placing your hand on his shoulder and offering special prayer on his behalf. 

Church leaders: What are other ways deacons can bless their pastor?

If you would like to connect with Dr. Linn, you may contact him through his website, Preaching Truth.

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