I don’t do this often, but today’s post is actually written by Pastor Ron Edmondson, whom I’ve never met in person, but whose blog I read regularly (and often pass on to our team at CLC). I can’t improve on this one because everything he says here fits:
My ministry allows me to interact with dozens of pastors each week. It appears there are some common experiences on Sunday morning for many of us.
The bottom line: Sunday mornings are a stressful time for pastors.
I also know most people who love their church — and love their pastor — want to help any way they can to make the Sunday morning experience the best it can be. I get asked this question constantly. Pastor, how can I best support you? What a great question
That’s the purpose of this post. Here are some ways you can help your pastor on Sunday morning.
I should note. I have been in churches whcih, for the most part, do each of these well.
Here are 7 ways you can help your pastor on Sunday:
Pray for your pastor. Ask God to open the ears of the people, to guide your pastor’s heart and to bless the services with His Spirit.
Sunday morning is not the best time to bring complaints. You might be surprised how often this happens to pastors. (Probably not Sunday afternoon either.) It is very distracting when the pastor is about to speak to hear criticism which will have to be dealt with later. It weighs very heavy on the mind and gets in the way of focusing on the message. Hold those until Monday, but even then, ask yourself if sharing it is personal to you or genuinely helpful to the entire body.
Don’t share something you want us to remember
Most likely we will forget what you told us by the time Sunday is done. Send us an email later or call us Monday morning. If it must be shared on Sunday, please write it down for us so we can remember the details. Our minds are so clouded on Sunday thinking about a million different things. And, we try hard to make our focus about a message we hope God will use.
Think of others interests even ahead of your own. (That’s Biblical.) Keep in mind the temperature in the room may not be your ideal temperature, but it may be exactly the right temperature for someone else. Your song may not be sung today, but it could be the song which leads another to the throne of grace. The message may not address what you’re dealing with right now, but for someone else, it might be life-changing. Be a part of the crowd that says, “I love what helps another” and you’ll help your pastor and the church greatly on Sunday mornings.
The work of the church can’t function with only a few people. I’ve never met the church which had too many people volunteering in preschool ministry, too many greeters, or too many people willing to do whatever it takes.
Introduce us to visitors
We love to meet visitors, most especially those seeking a church home. It is comforting when the church is bringing people with them or meeting new visitors as they arrive.
It really does begin and end with prayer. More than anything, we want your prayer support. The Spirit of God seems to respond when you do.