5 Things A Ministry Leader Needs to Hear Their Pastor Say

A couple days ago, I posted an article, “5 Things A Pastor Needs To Hear You Say.” It seemed only appropriate that I turn the tables and look at it from the other angle.

Many leaders in the church work for a pastor. Pastors are busy and spread thin. They often have their attention turned in many different directions. There are times when that direction is not towards the ministry leader.

Unfortunately, when the attention from a pastor is turned towards a ministry leader, it is because something may have gone wrong. Therefore, the attention turns out to be negative.

If you are a pastor, I encourage you to say these five things to the people that minister alongside you in your church:

  1. Thank you for the work you do. Lay ministry leaders work hard. They are dedicated and passionate about ministry and their church. They desire to do a great job. Although they don’t do ministry for the recognition, they need it. We all want our pastor to affirm us for the work that we do. We want to be recognized by you! If you get a chance, say it and mean it. It will go a long way to motivating us.
  2. I’m going to give you a raise. A church is a non-profit and budgets are often tight. It is a fact that salaries are not high in the church. Still, if we want to keep good ministry leaders, especially as they start to grow their family, a church needs to give them a living wage. Yes, ministry leaders don’t work in the church for the money. However, they do need to survive. Try your best to take care of your team financially. If you don’t, your best leaders will leave sooner or later.
  3. I want to send you to this conference. No leader comes to a church fully formed and trained. Each of us are a work in progress. Conferences and trainings are a great opportunity to learn new skills that will help our ministry expand and grow. Send us to a conference and pay for it, including the meals. We will love you for it!
  4. I’m going to raise your budget. Every ministry leader I know tries to do more with less. This is often because our budgets are small. Ministry leaders can get really creative when budgets are tight. Still, if there is a chance to raise a leaders budget, do it. This communicates two things. 1) That you think their ministry is valuable. 2) That you want them to succeed in their ministry. Those are two powerful statements.
  5. I want to help you win. There are too many people in our lives that don’t want to see us win. Our pastor should not be one of those people. A pastor should want all their ministry leaders to win. To do that, a pastor needs to be intentional about coming along side their ministry leaders to coach and mentor them. It’s always leaders who have good mentors that create the biggest impact in the church. Say these words and prove it by mentoring them in their ministry.

Question: Are you a ministry leader? What do you want to hear your pastor say to you?

John Rinaldo

As the Business Manager at St. Catherine Catholic Church in Morgan Hill, CA, Dr. John Rinaldo serves as the administrator over operations and finances for the parish in support of all parish ministries. Previously, John served as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of San Jose, empowering parish communities to minister to the needs of youth and young adults. John is also an adjunct professor at Santa Clara University teaching pastoral ministry courses to graduate students.


John Rinaldo


As the Business Manager at St. Catherine Catholic Church in Morgan Hill, CA, Dr. John Rinaldo serves as the administrator over operations and finances for the parish in support of all parish ministries. Previously, John served as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of San Jose, empowering parish communities to minister to the needs of youth and young adults. John is also an adjunct professor at Santa Clara University teaching pastoral ministry courses to graduate students.



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