R.C. Sproul, Jr. recently shared three simple ways to encourage your pastor. As a pastor myself, I know how easy it is to become discouraged, and I thought his suggestions were right on:
First, pay attention to his labors. Though we do not have a duty to be at the church every time the doors are open, one thing that discourages pastors is our unwillingness to simply avail ourselves of his gifts. When the pastor labors in his study to prepare a Bible study lesson, or writes a blog post, and the sheep under his care pay no attention, it is discouraging….
Second, speak well of him to others. …if word comes back to him, and it will, that you have spoken well of him, to others in the church, or even to those in your community, he will have to take your good word to heart….
Third, pursue godliness. Because he…