Have you ever listened to what people say to their pastors? A lot of people are talking to your pastor and what they have to say is not always what the pastor wants to hear.
Every pastor wants people to support the ministry and help the church grow and succeed. In light of that, here are five things that every pastor needs to hear you say:
- I have a solution. There will always be a never-ending list of problems. Your pastor has heard most of them. Many pastors begin to feel overwhelmed by the number and complexity of problems. What a pastor really wants to hear you say is that you recognize that there is a problem, and that you have three possible solutions. Present the problem. Present the solutions. Ask their opinion about which solution might be best and then go act on the solution.
- I have a long-term plan. To be intentional about our ministry growth and development, we have to have a plan. There are ministers who do not create any plan and then wonder why their ministry is not succeeding. It’s at this point that pastors can become frustrated because they had certain expectations of you and your ministry that were not fulfilled. The best way to meet those expectations and to grow your ministry is to have a long-term plan. Sit down and create a plan and share it with your pastor.
- I have an idea and I’m going to take the lead on it. Everyone has ideas. Often times, the idea is presented and the pastor is expected to bring the idea to fruition. Your pastor is busy. If you have an idea and the pastor likes the idea, follow up by saying, “I’m going to make this happen.” Your pastor will adore you for that.
- Here are 5 things that are going well in my ministry. As the leader of a church, the pastor often hears about all the negative things that are happening in each ministry. Because this happens so often, the pastor then has a tainted view of a certain ministry because they are only hearing about the bad things. Each time you meet with the pastor, let them know about the things that are going well in your ministry. Be specific. This will allow your pastor to feel better about the church they are leading and have a more balanced view of what is happening.
- You’re doing a great job. Pastors are not Jesus. And I’m sure Jesus could have used some extra affirmation so that He knew what He was doing was not going to waste. Your pastor needs your affirmation. Let your pastor know that they are doing a good job and be specific. This will make your pastors day!
Question: Are you a pastor? What do you need to hear your team say?