You’ve probably noticed that what your minister does or says in church has an effect on how you feel for the rest of the day.  But, have you ever wondered how your ministry team is affected by what YOU do each Sunday?  Here’s what one worship leader recently shared:

“I am a sponge, God created me this way.  Every comment, every inflection in   someone’s voice, every eye roll, every time you don’t participate…or look sad, or angry.  Every time a person acts differently than what I know to be “their normal” it affects me deeply.  I will let those things or attitudes churn around in me, worry about them, pray about them, mourn over them.  Whether or not my congregation met God that Sunday matters so much to me, and whether or not I was a conduit or a hinderance to that matters so much more.”

Our ministry leaders need our encouragement.  It’s more than just a nice thing to do.  It matters.  It’s biblical, even.

1 Thessalonians 5:11 – Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”

Proverbs 16:24 – Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”

1 Peter 4:8-9 – Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.”

Clearly, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we are called to encourage and edify one another…including our pastors and ministry leaders. It’s not complicated.  A smile, a note, a word of appreciation are just a few simple ways you can brighten your pastor’s day.

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