Archive for August, 2012

10 Ways to Encourage Your Minister

Posted in General Advice, Outside Article Reference on August 9, 2012 by Waypoint Church Partners

By: Victor M. Parachin
Article Source: Christian Standard

“So this is the pastorate? Is this the ministry? To be misunderstood, unappreciated, alone, and misquoted with no hope of correction? This is a painful, lonely business.”

That lament was a journal entry made by pastor David Fisher shortly after he began ministry. Fortunately, Fisher, author of The 21st Century Pastor, weathered that difficult time. Other ministers, however, are not as fortunate. Recent polls reveal high-level dissatisfaction and discouragement among those in the ministry:

1,700 ministers leave ministry every month, an annual exodus of more than 20,000

50% of ministers quit within five years of starting

90% of those in the ministry say actual ministry is far different from what they thought it would be

50% feel so discouraged they would leave ministry if they could, but have no other way of making a living.

Yet, there is an antidote that can empower pastors to thrive (rather than merely survive) the ministry. The antidote is encouragement. The Bible teaches: “And now, friends, we ask you to honor those leaders who work so hard for you, who have been given the responsibility of urging and guiding you. . . . Overwhelm them with appreciation and love!” (1 Thessalonians 5:12, 13, The Message).

Here are 10 ways you can encourage your minister.